Tuesday, October 27, 2009

OCD at Work

All of my children have been messy slobs free spirited children who couldn't be bothered to clean up the messes creations they have made upon the path of life.  The consequence of this, of course, is that their rooms and the rest of the house are often in a state of chaos.  But then there came Ryan, little Ryan with his OCD tendencies.  After 5 children, I finally got a child with organizational skills.

I'm not complaining about Ryan's OCD traits.  If anything, I'm fascinated.  It's like looking into the mind of a savant.  Ryan doesn't like his food to touch on his plate and will direct where his food should be place.  Ryan needs extra time to get into his car seat in the car.  He likes to buckle himself, but there's an order and a process to it.  If there should happen to be any extra distractions, like his stuffed dog or his backpack, he thinks they need to be buckled too.  But lately, he's begun packing his own lunch.  Other mothers might be offended that their 3 year old taking over this job, because the way I pack it isn't the way he wants it.  But I just say go for it.

He usually packs it on the kitchen counter but this morning he decided to do it on the kitchen floor.  That's okay, I mopped it last week.

Notice how neatly he has everything placed.  His napkin is laying behind all his food and he's placed his cheese slice in the pocket on the lid.  His clear plastic spoon is laying against the side of the container.

This morning I only gave him half a sandwich so I put it in a plastic bag.  He knew this wasn't right and found his sandwich container. No problem, we'll just put the bag in the container.

Notice how carefully he pats his food to make sure it's in the correct position.

Proud of his work.

Then he found box of dehydrated apple chips and wanted those too.

The lunch box opens up and he found its correct placement.

All in a mornings work.  Now if I can just harness those organizational skills to tackle my house.  Just think what this house could look like.


Brandy said...

My nephew feels the same way about his food. He will pile up his fries so that they don't touch his ketchup. {heaven forbid} Then he dips them in ketchup.

I don't get it but whatever makes him happy.

I think you should ask him what he thinks about the closets and see what he does. I'm not opposed to child labor when they are rewarded with dehydrated apples. :)

Lori Lynn said...

Well, it takes all kinds and I think Ryan's tendancies can be cause for celebration as much as distress. It is clear that whatever path he takes in life, he will do it deliberately and well!

He's awful cute too!

Sandy Toes said...

We love those apple crips! They are yummy!
sandy toe

Kat said...

Do you think that Ryan might like to come and visit my house and teach the hooligans that live here about proper organization??

Kristin said...

He would fit in perfect over here. My boys are the same way. Hope it continues into the teen years.

Kristin said...

That is so funny! My middle one, Kaylee, is exactly like that too. At open house at school, when we dropped off her school supplies and met the teacher, we had to wait for her while she organized her pencil box exactly the way she needed it to be and we couldn't leave until she felt just right about it. If you move one of her TV remotes off her table, she will move it back. She's always been OCD though....we used to have to tell her Bye in a certain order/way or she'd have a meltdown.

I sure wish all my kids were like that.....maybe I wouldn't have such a mess everywhere! Ha!

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Wow! he is precise!

Gert is a little bit organized, at times... on HER terms. If I suggest it... oh no no no no no.

Jill said...

I love a little OCD Denise AND his face is JUST PRECIOUS! Gotta LOVE HIM!

Heather Thompson said...

Amazing! Do you think he can teach my kids a little organization skills? I'm willing to pay...;)