The last 2 wks of summer are always the worst. I want to tear out my hair. I just need to be alone. difficult child has had all summer to read 2 books and write two book reports and make a poster. You know what's coming next. He's just working on them now. He starts school Monday. One of the books is The Bronze Bow. It's about a fictional character named Daniel who hates the Romans, befriends a Jew and meets Jesus, and decides to follow him. (Remember, he's going to a Catholic school now.) The instruction sheet says to compare/contrast the 3 civilizations/cultures: Roman, Judaism in Palestine, and Christianity. difficult child can't/won't do it. Why? Because Jesus talked about Judaism throughout the book. He never talked about Christianity. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrggggghhhh! Do you know how long I talked to him? I could feel my blood pressure going up and actually had to leave the house. I KNOW he's literal. But how do I get through to him? I showed him a part of the book that talked about how poor, sick people came to Simon the Fisherman's house to meet Jesus, and how they were all fed and treated nicely. I explained that was the "new" Judaism/Christianity, that the religion wasn't just for the rich and famous. He wasn't buying it. He didn't understand the examples. He typed one tiny paragraph. He said Daniel met some family and had dinner and liked the ideas they had. Okay, good level of detail, or at least, on the right track. That's all I could get out of him. I told my easy child and her boyfriend that I would pay them $10/hr to get difficult child to understand the concept. Fine. They said everything was great and took off for the beach. I found notes that easy child had written on the back of the school instruction sheet, outlining how difficult child could organize his paper. Did he type anything new on the computer? Nope. I talked to husband at B&N during our wkly biz mtng, and he got very excited about it because he's a Christian and a Baptist and loves to talk about all that kind of thing (as much as I hate to and am bored with-it). Did he talk to difficult child? Nope. He did, however, find time to pick up branches in the yard and lie on the dock. It's his day off. I am ready to blow up the house. I did difficult child's back-to-school shopping at Ofc Depot with-o him. I don't care if he hates everything I got. If I have time, I'm going to return a few things and see if I can better prices at Walmart. Right now I just want a glass of wine or some chocolate ice cream. Thanks for listening. P.S. Do I dare ask him what, exactly, the Bronze Bow was used for?