Other children have less direct ways of communicating, but they are as effective.
This morning the clothes I'd washed and put in the dryer were back in the washer. I wondered why. Having opened said dryer, the answer became clear.
I'm guessing this child in particular didn't think the rest of us would mind wet clothing.
I did ask, "Wasn't it a lot of effort to take all the clean wet clothes out of the washer; put them in a laundry basket, and dump all the damp clothes from the dryer back in the washer before putting ONLY the teen's clothes in the dryer?"
The teen answered, "Yes."
"Perhaps," the teen responded.
Letting the world know this sequence of events and revealing teen reasoning might not be something I ought to disclose. Humanity can only bear so much truth at any given moment, and nature has deemed it wise to only allow for the onset of adolescent mood swings, eating you out of house and home, driving lessons, dates, text messages and explaining how the books aren't like the movies even if the movies came out recently and star famous people, after we as parents have demonstrated sufficient love and commitment to these gradually maturing human beings.
Writing about teenagers and tweens and children skating the edges of adolescence, I'm spending a lot of time discerning what is their intent, and what does their action/speech really say.