I like to think I’m a patient man, I really do. But sometimes that patience really gets put to the test. My oldest son Zack has a bit of a speech delay which makes getting through to him a little tough sometimes. He is going to preschool and gets speech therapy once a week, so it’s improving, but it can still be infuriating at times.
Right now, the most annoying thing in the world is “Your Brother”. I don’t know when it happened, but once too many times while I was talking to Zack I referred to his little brother Josh as “Your brother”. Instead of making the connection between “Your ___” and “My ___”, Zack started using “Your brother” as another name for his brother Josh which drives me absolutely bonkers.
A typical conversation between me and Zack:
Me: “Where is your brother?”
Zack: “Your brother is in the living room”
Me: “No, my brothers are your Uncle Dick and your Uncle Bob, your brother is Josh”
Zack: “Uncle Dick and Uncle Bob aren’t your brothers. ‘Your brother’ is in the living room.”
Me: “He’s not MY brother, he’s YOUR brother. You should to say ‘MY’ brother is in the living room”
Zack: “My ‘Your brother’ is in the living room”
Hopefully we’ll get it straight sometime. I should learn by my wife’s example, she found a way to avoid this whole headache and just calls Josh “Little brother”.