Enunciation, The Sequel

Khalid and I are in his doctor’s office for a visit, and we make a bathroom stop.  I carefully hand Khalid my purse and a folder of papers. I’m a little nervous, but I want Khalid to get this right.

Me: Khalid, I am going to use the bathroom.  I would like you to please hold my things.  Please watch them carefully.  Don’t let anyone take them.

Khalid: Watch them?

Me: Yes.

He smiles mischievously.

Khalid: Not wash?

Me: No, not wash! Don’t wash anything you silly boy!

Khalid: Momma, remember in RAK, I washed your things?

Me: I remember. I asked you to watch them, but you washed them.  That was a misunderstanding.

Khalid: Misunderstanding?

Me: That’s when someone says one thing, but you understand it to mean something else.

Khalid: (grinning) And then you wash their things?

Me: Yes.  Apparently you do.

Cheeky monkey.

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