I find myself very fortunate that my daughter and I have a very open dialogue. We talk everyday about whatever is on her mind, and before bed each night, we both recount what our favorite parts of the day were. When something is bothering her, sometimes I have to gently press, since she thinks that what she may be feeling/thinking may offend, but this doesn't happen often.
It's amazing, the way an eight year old views things. It's also a little startling that they know the things they do, understand the seriousness of certain situations. But what is truly enjoyable, is the humor and levity that seems to be injected into daily life. Children thrive on it and seem to find it everywhere.
Considering this levity, I decided to ask my eldest a few questions about myself, her daddy, herself, and her brother. Really light ones.
Do you want to see what she thinks about certain things? The answers may surprise you, but they'll definitely amuse you as well.
So without further ado, may I present the musings of an eight-year old.
1. What is something mom always says to you?
“Take your time on your test and I love you.”
“Good luck and I love you.”
2. What makes mom happy?
“Hugging and being silly.”
What about Dad?
“Being done with his work.”
"When I get good grades on my report card. When my parents say funny things."
3. What makes mom sad?
“When he has a lot of work to do.”
4. When does your mom laugh?
“When I tell jokes.”
“When I tell jokes to him, too.”
"When Jackson does silly things."
5. What was your mom like as a child?
“Huh? What were you like as a child? You were LOUD!”
“He was a boy. Are you going to write that?”
6. How old is your mom?
"Eight. Almost nine."
7. How tall is your mom?
“About five feet.”
What about Dad?
“Five foot seven.”
8. What is your mom's favorite thing to do?
“Play with Jackson and snuggle us.”
“To play with Jackson and make breakfast for us.”
"Play Poptropica on the computer."
9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
“He works. Isn‘t that the most obvious answer?”
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
“Having the cutest babies!”
"For being the best, best math person in my class. I'd be the best at multiplication."
11. What is your mom really good at?
“Typing on the computer really fast. Ummm…and you‘re good at washing dishes. Oh! And laundry. And you listen to me all the time.”
“Cooking. He‘s really good at cooking!”
What about you?
"Math, science. I'm really good at being a daughter and sister, too."
12. What is your mom not very good at?
13. What does your mom do for her job?
“Taking care of us. You have a real job, Mom. You’re on PTO committee.”
“He works in his office as an accountant. And I want to be one when I grow up. Daddy’s going to be my partner.”
14. What is your mom's favorite food?
"Macaroni and cheese."
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
“She gave birth to my favorite baby brother.”
“He lets me in his office, and he won his tests!”
"I'm very clever."
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
“Elasta-girl from “The Incredibles“. She’s stretchy!”
What about you?
"Hmmm. I have to think about this one. You know the cartoon "Tom & Jerry"? I'd be Tom, the cat. He's really speedy."
17. What do you and your mom do together?
“We go shopping, to soccer games, and talk, and work on my homework and projects.”
“We go to basketball games.”
18. How are you and your mom the same?
“We have brown hair and are very careful with Jackson. We love to read!”
“We love sports.”
19. How are you and your mom different?
“She’s older and has blue eyes and wears earrings.”
“He has black hair, freckles, and taller than me, of course.”
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
“When I do something wrong, she always tells me that she loves me no matter what. I just feel it in my heart.”
“I can just tell. It’s in my heart, too.”
21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
“That he’s her husband.”
“Mom is very organized.”
What do you like most about your mom and dad?
"They give me permission to eat ice cream."
22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
And you dearest?