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Today’s Fly on the Wall post has a theme. It’s “concrete and literal”. I love my younger son. Truth be told, I love both my sons, but this post is about my younger one. This kid is fun, extremely intelligent and very interesting. But he is left brained, making him very concrete and literal. Over the years I’ve had to teach him to read cues, interpret facial expressions, extrapolate unspoken meaning . . . It’s been very difficult for someone like me with a sarcastic sense of humor to have a child who is literal to a fault, but he gets me now, and I love it.
So here are some things a Fly on the Wall would have seen in my home, as we went through the process of trying to get these concepts understood:
Me: Do you want to run out and get the mail for me?
Me: Will you please go get the mail for me?
Me: Did you wash the counter after eating?
Me: Can you help me?
Son: Help you do what?
Me: (sarcastically) well, I’m folding the laundry, so why don’t you help me put it back in the washing machine? I’ll rewash all these clean clothes.
In retrospect, that probably wasn’t the smartest thing to say to this particular son.
Me: How many times do I have to tell you to stop that?
Me: Please go pick up your room.
I’m fairly certain he won’t be able to lift it, so that ought to keep him busy for a while . . .
Me: How many cookies have you had? That package is half empty. Go ahead, eat a 12th one, I dare you . . .
Son reaches for a 12th cookie . . .
Me: Oh shoot, I missed the baseball game, I forgot it was on TV. Is it over?
Me: Yay, I can watch.
I turn on the TV. It’s 10 – 1 in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out. That’s as “over” as a game gets in my book.
Me: Do you know where he is?
Me: Can you help me out a little here?
Son: Sure Mom, what do you need help with?
Me: Don’t you have any socks?
Me: Then why aren’t you wearing any?
Son: They’re all in the wash.
Me: Will you watch this pot of water on the stove while I run upstairs for a minute.
You know how this ends, right?
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Red colored sugar
Blue colored sugar
*Cream butter, margarine and sugar.
*Beat in egg and vanilla.
*Mix in flour, baking soda and salt.
*Divide the dough in half. Wrap separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
*Roll each half between sheets of wax paper to about a 10 X 8 inch rectangle.
*Sprinkle (it’s easiest just to put colored sugar into your hand and sprinkle by hand) a line of red colored sugar along one long edge of the cookie dough rectangle. Leave a 1/2 inch space, then sprinkle a blue line of colored sugar. Leave a 1/2 inch space, then red again. Repeat to the end of the dough.
*Roll up, starting with one long side and roll all the way to the other. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate one hour.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
*Slice cookies into approximately 1/4 inch rounds.
*Place on cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Watch them and don’t let them turn brown.
*Cool 2 to 3 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing.