This morning, instead of cleaning the kitchen, I interviewed 3.5 year old Edie. It was a move stolen directly from Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures. And I am going to steal it again and again.
My kid says awesome stuff all day long. The other day, I was dancing to make her brother laugh, and she looked over at me, furrowed her brows and said “Do you need to go potty? I think you need to go potty.” Or yesterday when we were driving to meet a friend and she said “Go fast. Go really fast so we can hide from the police.” Or several weeks ago when she told that she wanted to be 30. I asked why. She said because then she’d be my mommy, and I would be her little girl. Sigh.
Grab a pen and paper and do this when you have a chance. It will blow your kids mind, and just maybe yours as well.
Here were Edie’s responses, along with some context to give a better window into the mad genius that is the mind of a child:
ME: How old am I?
EDIE: I don’t know.
M: How old do you think I am?
E: 22. [Very good, small one.]
M: What do I do with my friends?
E: Go to stores and restaurants.
M: Who do you love?
E: Dylan [a friend from preschool]
M: What’s the meaning of life?
M: What gives you the most happiness?
E: Going to the drum circle.
M: What do you want to be when you grow up?
E: A mail carrier.
M: What’s your favorite thing to do?
E: Go to the park.
M: What do you dream about?
E: Just Dylan.
M: What do you think I dream about?
E: Me. Just me.
M: What does Dad dream about?
E: Me. Just me.
M: Where will you live when you grow up?
E: I wanna live with NOBODY.
M: But where do you want to live?
E: I’m gonna live next to your house.
M: Will you have pets?
E: I am. A kitty cat. And a dog. Two dogs. And two cats.
M: What makes you sad?
E: Getting hit. [I thought I was sending her to a Montessori school, but maybe it’s actually a fight club?]
M: What makes you happy?
E: Wearing an owl shirt. [I was wearing an owl shirt during the interview]
The interview was over at this point, because she was bored. But I only wanted more. I thought she’s ask constantly for clarification, but instead she just buckled down and gave gut reactions. I look forward to doing this again in six months or so. Who wouldn’t want to know what that kid thinks? At a minimum, I need to know what I’m up against….