The world revolves around Joe. The world may not be aware of that yet, but it is definitely true. For a kid who can be so helpful, he just cannot look at things from another person's point of view. In that way he is a lot like a cat.
This morning Joe asks DH, "Do you know what the best time is to start a movie that Alan likes to watch start to finish?"
From the other room I'm thinking, "Duh, right after he gets home from school."
DH said, "I don't know. What is the best time?"
Joe's response? "Right after he gets on the bus to go to school because then I can stop and start it whenever I want."
As a family we tend to drink from Tervis Tumblers. They allow us to keep track of whose drink is whose (since we all take them all over the house), leave very little marks on the furniture and allow for minimal spilling during the inevitable upset. I usually use one of the lids like what is shown on the left (mainly because I prefer to use a straw) while Joe (and DH) tend to use the style on the right.
When I came home from surgery, DH had washed my cup and was getting out a fresh one and grabbed one of the lids like is shown on the right but knowing I like straws, also got me a straw.
Joe observed my cup last night at dinner and said, "You know you can drink out of those lids and you don't need a straw."
Mom: "But I prefer using a straw."
Joe: "But you don't need one."
Mom: "I know." He just looked at me blankly.
Joe asked for me to make some hard boiled eggs this morning. To be fair, he actually asked me to teach him how to make them. As a family we don't eat a lot of eggs, except for Joe who usually eats two every day. If left to his own devices, he would eat a half dozen eggs a day, but we set the limit early. And once there is a rule, it is usually followed.
DH had stopped at the store and picked up 18 eggs and we had about 6 in the refrigerator. I told Joe we were going to make the 18 eggs into hard boiled eggs and save the others for whatever.
Joe asks, "Like to cook other ways?"
Mom: "No, I was thinking more for if we need them for cooking other things."
Joe: "Like fried or scrambled eggs?"
Mom: "No, like a cake or pie or meatloaf or whatever."
Joe: "But I can still use them for fried or scrambled if I want those, right?"
He's been trying to help out since my second surgery (I am doing much better, btw) and several times a day we hear about how Alan should have learned this or that by now. I'll get right on that, kid. After all, we haven't been trying to teach him those things for the last 15 years we've just been skating by.
The world does revolve around Joe. We just haven't been able to inform the whole world. I guess I better get on that, too ...