This is so bizarre. Last night, after difficult child and I had cooled down and husband got home, we all sat at the kitchen table to help difficult child with-his last Spanish assignment. He was to draw a picture of himself as others see him (others who think highly of him), and use adjectives to describe traits. The teacher originally showed me a page in the book that asked, "What do I like to do?" so I had suggested the figure be wearing a baseball mitt, that a cat be in the picture, etc. so that kind of messed up the adjectives. We had to generalize. So the first arrow goes to a pile of chocolate (rectangles and circles colored brown ) and says, "Bien chocolate." The second one goes to the cat and is supposed to say, "Simpatico." Which means, "Nice." But difficult child stonewalled. Sat there for 15 min, tapping his pen, driving us nuts until we were ready to scream. "What is your problem?" husband asked. "What do you want to write there? Why are you stalling?" "Bien chocolate is written on two lines, one word over the other. Simpatico is only one word. I want them to match." OMG!!! We both went "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" A slap-the-forehead V8 moment. But why couldn't difficult child have said that to begin with? And what can we do to get him to not be so rigid? He finally finished, by the way.