"Your mother and I don’t make trouble,” said Laurence’s father. “We make other things. Because we’re adults.”
“What?” Laurence shoved his casserole away and took a heavy swig of cola instead. “What do you make, exactly? Either of you guys.”
“Don’t talk back,” said Laurence’s father.
“This isn’t about us,” said Laurence’s mother.
“No, I want to know. It occurs to me, I have no clue what either of you produces.” Laurence looked at his dad. “You’re a lower middle manager who denies people’s insurance claims for a living.” He looked at his mom. “You update instruction manuals for obsolete machinery. What do either of you make?”
“We put a roof over your head,” his father said.
“And delicious liver-and-peas casserole on your plate,” his mother said.