Mr. T was taking the boys swimming. They had to do chores and get ready, which provided many opportunities for the self-sabotaging behaviors they so enjoy.
That's ok.. we decided they could go swimming no matter. It's good exercise, we need to use the Y membership... we both needed them to LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!!!!!!
As they are getting ready Ebear asked...
"Mom, does Middle need to keep using my other swimsuit? He has his here now and I would like mine back"
I looked up and noticed that Middle did indeed have on his brother's navy swim trunks instead of his signature Spiderman trunks.
"Middle, why are you wearing E's swim suit?"
He looks down with surprise...
"I didn't know...I thought these were mine"
"You know that he let you borrow them while your other clothes were at your foster home, but they are his. Go change into yours and give them back"
"But I can't wear the others!"
"They have holes in them!"
"Really, I hadn't noticed when we went through your clothes... go get them and bring them to me"
(Ooooops... did I just trust him for a second alone?)
After expressing his anger and irritation he retreats to his room where he takes an amazingly long time to grab a pair of swim trunks off the shelf and come back to where I am waiting for him...
Everyone is waiting and we call out to him, he calls back.
"I'm coming, I have to find them"
Mr. T and I head for his room where we see him in the corner holding the swim trunks in both hands.
"Bring them here!"
He holds the trunks up displaying a fresh tear in the crotch
"See, I can't wear these like this"
... Thank goodness there are linings in swimsuits because he DID wear them just like that