Yesterday after dinner we asked the kids to pick up the rocks in the backyard so it can be mowed. Easy enough right. The three of them (Roger, Lucy, and Porkchop) went out and started picking up rocks, sticks, toys, pretty much anything that could get thrown by a lawn mower. now the two little ones stopped once all the loose stuff was picked up (thats all they needed to do) but not Roger. I went out to check and see how they were doing and he is on his knees in the yard doing something this is the conversation that followed:
Me: What are you doing?
Roger: Picking up rocks like you said.
Me: OK why are your hands covered in dirt?
Roger: I have to dig the rocks up.
Me: why are digging up rocks?
Roger: you told me to pick up the rocks.
Me: I ment the loose ones, you don't have to dig them up.
Roger: But you said ALL the rocks that means these too.
He just kept digging up rocks once you get him started there's no stopping him and really he wasn't hurting anything. But yes I need to remember next time pick up the loose rocks. Wording is everything, Roger takes everything that is said literally so directions have to be very specific.