E is a very literal fellow. L is more of a concept person. I forget this at my own risk.
Last weekend I told E to put on his winter coat. So he stripped down to his underwear and put on his winter coat. Um - well not exactly what I had in mind.
Yesterday, I told him after breakfast to go and wash his face and hands. I followed him into the bathroom a few seconds later and he was sticking his head - well mostly his face into the sink under the running water. I asked him what he was doing?
His reply - "I wash my face. I was my hands."
And he sticks his hands under the running water. I tried not to laugh - because sure that is logical - you stick you hands under running water to wash them - then it must also work on your face.
I wet a wash cloth and showed him what I had had in mind and scrubbed him free of snot and maple syrup.
Going forward I am going to have to be more clear - for my literal translator!