I was at my parents' house today, watching my brother. He's sick, can't be left alone, and Mom had some errands to run. Yesterday, he came home from work after a crying episode (it's the clearest way he can tell people that something's wrong), but couldn't tell us precisely what was wrong. Same thing happened today. Both days, after taking some ibuprofen, he was feeling well enough to do his "jobs" (household chores... the guy is the ultimate housekeeper), and Mom and I had to be very firm with explaining to him that he had to take it easy and rest. Today, we made a deal that I would take the garbage out and he'd be able to do all of his inside jobs. At 2:45, he asked for more drugs (another clear sign that he's sick). At 3:30, he was walking through the kitchen, stopped, and stared out the window at the falling snow. I told him that he wasn't going outside, that Mom and Dad would do the shoveling tonight, and he seemed okay. Fifteen minutes later, he was laying on the couch, crying and holding his head. He said "I want my mom" and wouldn't say anything else. I called Mom and she came home. Once she was home, he was more talkative, and when we asked him what had been wrong, he said that he was mad that I wouldn't let him shovel, and he thought Mom would let him do it. Mom told him that he could be mad at me all he wanted, and that he could be mad at her and even the whole world if he wanted, but he wasn't going outside. That made him pretty ticked off. In the end, Mom had to let him help put the groceries away to get him to calm down. Thankfully, my brother is fairly easily manipulated, and he's not as obsessive about shoveling as he is about putting the dishes away (he once went on a weekend vacation when the dishwasher was full... it ruined his entire weekend). But seriously, how many people have their brother get mad at them for not letting the guy do yardwork?