It described the scenario not of star crossed lovers but a parenting situation whereby X was starting on terrible twos syndrome and going through HFMD.
It had descended earlier than it was during Z’s time. I suspected that it was the second child syndrome where early exposure led to more advanced development.
The slightest deviation from his expectations would lead to the biggest tantrums on hourly basis. A full blown tantrum involved continuous loud crying and rolling on the floor at the same time.
Not only X wanted his way, he was non-negotiable and he was fickle-minded!
During the hfmd period, he kept asking to eat an item and only to spit out or reject. When he spat out food, there was cleaning and disinfecting work to do.
He also insisted on self-feeding and would rather reject the food if we insisted on feeding him. Given how little he was eating, I had to oblige and had more cleaning/disinfecting work to do.
It was really one of the most lethal combinations.