NEWSFLASH! Boys gossip just like girls. I knew that. But last night drove the point home. difficult child was on the phone for almost 2 hrs. I tried to get him off several times but he said, "Mom, we're in a deep discussion." Oh? Turns out a girl in his class wanted to ask out one of his best friends. difficult child informed the friend. Friend said yes. difficult child told girl. Now girl is mad. I'm not sure, but I think that's considered normal procedure--no one is supposed to know your real intent. I seem to recall this from easy child's middle school days. So, the plot thickens. Last night, girl was at a sleepover and all of her friends were furiously gossiping about what had transpired. The boys were on their individual house phones, gossiping. Occasionally one would get off the phone long enough to call someone of the opposite sex, to keep the issue inflamed. Arrgh. Well, at least he was in a good mood. And he told me what he was talking about, LOL! On another note, I tried to help him with-his book rept. He is supposed to copy a pre-printed book review, incl. the copyright, price, photo of the book, etc., but review a book he just read. He was very, very confused because he thought he was supposed to type, verbatim, the exact books given on the sample page, and his book wasn't there. It took me a half hr to explain to him that he had to use the page as a sort of template, and create his own book review. The rest of us understand templates and dress patterns. He doesn't get it. Literal, indeed. It's got to be an Aspie thing. The good news is, now I know he's not being stubborn or mean. He truly doesn't get it. And now that I "get it" I can be more patient.