A few nights ago, Athos and Porthos are watching a video. Here’s the conversation that ensued:
Porthos: Mommy I’m thirsty
Pilgrim Mom: Go get some water then.
Porthos stands up, edges towards the kitchen, his eyes all the while glued to the TV.
Pilgrim Mom: (to Athos) Why don’t you pause the video so your brother can get some water.
Athos: OK. (pauses video) I’ll get the water for you.
Athos goes to the kitchen and fetches Porthos some water. I feel moved by and thankful for the kindness of my eldest son.
Pilgrim Mom: That was really nice of you, to get your brother some water.
Athos: (restarting video) It’s much faster when I get it.
So much for brotherly altruism….