OK, OK (venturing with spontaneity) , , ,you didn't give me a setting. Or is this the setting. I don't see your eyes or facial gestures as you said it, so reading it I would respond to your inquisitive mind with "to each their own." Yet, I would be thinking, if only she asked "if an individual said to another individual (me) "I am a buddha" then my reply would be "so am I" with a smile.
I would inquire of your teachers, while sharing one of mine is Willie Nelson. Seeing a smile I would reflect upon his book "The Tao of Willie - A Guide to the Happiness in Your Heart."
Since, in a reality of understanding I am blind, my other senses would be so much more acute and focused on listening to tone, hidden noises, sounds of the wind, and things, the pitch and quality of voice while listening to replies.
Then, as reality sets in I would see my avatar, giggle a little reminding me of Poe and I changed it some hour ago from a maturing man sitting in a chair. I would smile while a passing thought of the old TV show Kung Fu snuck or is it sneaked in with "oh grasshopper - patience is a virtue." as I showed the pebble was still in my hand.