“I’m working in cryptography, it’s way too much to explain,” you blow off the question. This might be your one break from thinking about research the last thing you want to do is try and explain it to your parents, you’d probably end up just confusing them. They’re smart but have no idea how this stuff works. You tried explaining public and private keys to them a couple years ago and it ended in hours of back and forth. However, this doesn’t stop them from asking any questions.
Your uncle Robert who once upon a time watched a few numberphile videos thinks he would understand, “oh yeah, I’ve heard a lot about cryptography. It looked real promising with these bit coins, but when they brought in all the nfts, and doge coins and all that nonsense I think it really went downhill.”
He totally thinks it’s you’re studying crypto-currency, what do you do?