He: Well, it’s like a pyramid.
She: Don’t talk to me about pyramids. That guy? That fuckin’ Bernie Madoff? Have you seen the movie with Michelle Pfeifer and Robert DeNiro?
He: That’s not what I mean —
She: — Well, it’s fucked up. And everyone said the movie was shit but I liked it. Anyway.
He: This pyramid is different, Auntie.
She: Different, how?
He: You put your life’s goal at the top and then you backward map.
She: A map?
He: Backward Map!
She: Well —
He: — If you gotta go down the street to buy a carton of milk, what would you do to get there?
She: Is this a game? Like, do you want an answ —
He: — I’m trying to explain what it means. You would put your shoes on, get your jacket on, find your purse, look for your keys, get your wallet, make sure you have enough money to buy milk —
She’: Yeah I know, milk is getting very expensive —
He: — AND THEN. And then you have to cross the street, pass the school and head to the corner store. Backward mapping is the reverse. You start with the carton of milk in your hand and you map out how you got there.
She: Gotcha. So, what does milk have to do with your pyramids?
He: Nothing, forget the milk. I’m trying to tell you that I got the gist of how I’m going to get to university.
She: Oh that, how? Selling milk?
She giggles. He sighs.