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?
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.
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.