Some of the shorter examples of this include putting shoes on the wrong feet, closing doors and drawers that are still needing to be open (fridge, pantry, etc.), and buckling themselves into their high chairs about an hour before a meal is ready.
One other instance will take a bit more explanation - so here it is.
Julia and I each have a glass of water on the nightstand when we go to bed. In the mornings, we typically dump any remaining water into a plant or the sink, and start with a fresh glass each night. Brynne has seen this procedure countless times.
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I came into the bathroom Monday and slipped in a little puddle of water. I noticed my water glass sitting on the sink. Brynne followed me in and had a grin on her face - she was so pleased with herself for helping out.
I grabbed a towel and cleaned up the spillage, praising her for helping and knowing what to do without having first been told. I then went to get the deodorant out of my drawer. It was sitting a little higher than everything else. Actually, it was floating.
I looked back to Brynne, but she had vacated the premises. I'm now not sure if that smile was from being pleased or from the satisfaction of a cleverly devised prank.
She apparently thought EVERYTHING went into the drawer. The good news is the drawers appear to be watertight. The bad news is that not every container in there is.
I found her in the living room and told her water goes in the sink, NOT in Papa's drawer. She nodded, said yes sir (which Mama has been working on with them), and went to get a book to read.
Last night, as I was putting them down to bed, I carried them into the bathroom and slipped again. This time, the puddle was much larger. This time, there were two water glasses on the sink. There was no praise now, and there was no smile either. I opened the drawer to find exactly what I expected - everything again floating on two glasses worth of water.
We had a very one-sided conversation about where water goes. I then had a one-sided discussion with myself to make sure I remembered to dump out my excess water every morning.