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a boy's secrets

lately paul has been on a big secrecy kick.

paul: who cares what i'm doing?
paul: you don't care what i'm doing.
paul: daddy doesn't care what i'm doing.
paul: grandpa doesn't care what i'm doing.
paul: grandma doesn't care what i'm doing.
paul: aunty doesn't care what i'm doing.
paul: the other grandma doesn't care what i'm doing.
paul: who cares what i'm doing?
me: what are you doing?
paul: i don't want to tell you.

sometimes it's because he's done something he knows he shouldn't have done.

me: paul!
me: what did you do?
paul: [sulkily] i don't want to tell you.

sometimes it's because he wants to do something he's not supposed to.

paul: close your eyes.
paul: i don't want you to see.

sometimes it's just because.

me: what do you want for dinner?
paul: i don't want to tell you.

sometimes it means he comes out of his room decorated in bandaids. sometimes it just means he wants to scratch himself in impolite places. sometimes it means i haven't given him the right response. whatever it is, i hope he outgrows it soon.

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