While our new Spanish lodger was chatting to his family on Skype, his wash cycle finished. As I happened to be passing through the kitchen at the time, I got out the washing and hung it up on the airer to start drying.
Then I went back to the study and carried on with what I was doing on the computer.
In due course, he came down, intending to hang up his washing. He came in to find me.
I speak no Spanish. His English is at the elementary stage.
'Emberr,' he said.
'Yes?' I said.
'Thank you for... er...' he said.
'Hanging up the washing?' I said.
'Yes,' he said: 'but no more. Er... is my job to do this'.
'In this house,' I said, 'we help each other.'
'You want anything, you tell me,' he said. 'I do it. You no worry about anything.'
How cool is that?