I said, "The one hundred pages due yesterday are now, finally, done." She said, "And here I was enjoying a quiet morning with no numbers." I said, "You quip while I try to enter the deep satisfaction of being caught up." She replied, "Looking upon the bronze serpent lifted up for all to see always saves the least of these." I said, "Don't be getting all biblical on me in my moment of small satisfaction." She said, "I just finished my reading of Simone Weil who wrote, 'the solution to a balance between the individual and the collective is precisely what people are thirsting for today.'"