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CPST & mom
Not embarrassing, but humorous -
My dear friend was concerned her DS might have learning delays. It seemed he couldn't make sense of letters or tie words to pictures. And, DS seemed to "loose" what he had learned prior. At his age she expected DS would have been further along, as other children seemed to be. But, in all things, DS was a free spirit and not constrained by the expectations of others ... whether to toddle faster through the mall, keep his clothes on in public ... he had his own ideas about "when" and "how".
During one visit with my friend, she was intermittently trying to help her son match letters to animals on flashcards and make words with magnetic letters on the refrigerator. It wasn't going well when the phone rang and my friend left the room to answer. As soon as she was out of earshot, her son pulled my head down and whispered the entire alphabet in my ear. Then he went over to the refrigerator and, with the magnetic letters, spelled out his name, mine, and the name of the animal on the last flashcard his mother had turned over.
As soon as he heard his mom coming back into the room, he messed-up the letter magnets and put his finger to his lips, signaling me to keep quiet. Apparently, he didn't want to bring an innocent bystander (me) into his torment of mother but needed to ensure my silence.
Sadism starts young.