SS14 following DW around the house like a little puppy
He also shares cutesy little "pet names" with her. He calls her stuff like "Guppy" and "Gup-gup" and "Fish-butt" and some genuinely strange stuff; she calls him "Diggy," which I honestly don't even know what that's all about.
It's absolutely ODD.
SS starts saying this pet name, repeating it in different voices, in about 3-5 second intervals. "Guppy.... Gup-guuuuup. GuppPAYYY... Guppity-guuuup... Guuuuuuuuppppyyyyyyy...Guppy... GUUUUUUP..." SO ANNOYING. Drives me f'in' crazy.
I started to razz him about it, and he got pouty and went to his room. DW asked me to apologize, so I went back there... "Hey, man, did I hurt your feelings?"
"OK, well... I didn't mean to, but if I did, I'm sorry."
"You didn't." Eh, well, he was acting all wounded, though I am sure he *at least* became a little self conscious. He does need to be aware he's being annoying to the rest of us who are trying to have conversations or watching TV or doing other things and don't want to hear him being louder and distracting, etc. It's childish as Hell...
But the real laugh is how DW told me how SS14 and SD13 came back from their dad's place, and how he and his wife call each other "pookie." They think it's schmaltzy and stupid, etc... yet, DW and SS do this??
And when she goes outside, he jumps up and follows her... when she goes into the kitchen, he either follows her or asks her what she's doing and if she's going to be in there more than a minute, he jumps up and goes in there... if she's going somewhere in the car, SS wants to come along... I feel like getting a crowbar to separate them LOL. If she stopped suddenly, he'd be up her back side. So odd...
I've had times when I said, "Awwwww, you two make such a cute couple!" Maybe I'm a little jealous; but definitely, I'm disturbed by the Oedipus style they seem to have.
Am I being mean for teasing him about this? I suppose it'd be mean if the intent was to make him feel like less of a person (which it's not), though THIS BEHAVIOR is something I'd be happy to see him grow out of, and I know he won't if he doesn't see HOW STUPID IT SEEMS TO EVERYONE BESIDES THE TWO OF THEM. Not to mention, how rude it is to me, when I'm having a conversation with DW, and he walks in, "Guuuuppppay.... Gupsterrrr..." and takes all attention away from our conversation. Makes me mad because she won't shut him down from interrupting because, I presume, she thinks it's cute when he does this.
I know 95% sure that he does this because he likes being her favorite so he doesn't have to do ANY chores around the house. And believe me, he doesn't do SQUAT. I mention it, and she says "He cleans his room!" And I think, uhh, that's HIS room... and, NO, YOU go in and start cleaning and tell him to do this and do that while you clean. Any time I point it out, she gets pretty defensive...
Maybe I just need to go on a nice, long business trip. Till then, disengagement will continue. When Thing 1 walks in the room and interrupts, if she doesn't stop him, I'll terminate the conversation and leave the room. I won't buy any more groceries. I'm not Uber. I won't "have their backs." And like I say, Christmas card with a $10 bill. "Enjoy your holidays, roomies!"