Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Thanks to Madeline for this awesome meme. I'm going to treasure these answers, even if some of them are an absolute riot!

I interviewed each child separately, and Sam was kind enough to pause his game to humor me. What a guy!

1. What is something your mom always says to you?
Emily: I love you.
Julia: The more you clean up, the more you find.
Sam: Don't listen to your daddy.

2. What makes your mom happy?
Emily: clean floors
Julia: Seeing our smiles.
Sam: Seeing her children have fun.

3. What makes your mom sad?
Emily: She doesn't get sad very often, but when she yells at me she does.
Julia: When she and daddy argue.
Sam: Seeing her children being really sad and hitting their own selves.

4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Emily: She tries to tell a bad joke. when there's no laughter, I start laughing.
Julia: Makes jokes at my dad.
Sam: By tickling me so much.

5. What did your mom like to do when she was a child?
Emily: I really don't know; she doesn't talk about her childhood much.
Julia: Look in the garden for gnomes.
Sam: read books.

6. How old is your mom?
Emily: 38
Julia: 37
Sam: 38

7. How tall is your mom?
Emily: shorter than daddy
Julia: How do I know!?
Sam: 7 feet

8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Emily: garden
Julia: garden
Sam: garden

9. What does your mom do when you're not around?
Emily: Have private time with daddy.
Julia: Be on the computer.
Sam: garden

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Emily: her delicious food
Julia: our farm
Sam: gardening

11. What is your mom really good at?
Emily: everything
Julia: farming
Sam: gardening

12. What is your mom not very good at?
Emily: video and computer games
Julia: math
Sam: building houses

13. What does your mom do for her job?
Emily: provide food
Julia: farm
Sam: gardening

14. What is your mom's favorite food?
Emily: cheese
Julia: chicken giambatta
Sam: salad

15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Emily: So much stuff, I can't choose one thing.
Julia: her gardening.
Sam: That she builds the strength to do what she does today even though it's very hard.

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Emily: Nausicaa
Julia: Princess Jasmine
Sam: Superwoman

17. What do you and your mom do together?
Emily: So many things I can't think of one. We talk together, help me read and write, and she cares about me.
Julia: play bananagrams
Sam: play

18. How are you and your mom the same?
Emily: we're very alike. We have a lot the same personality. We both get very powerful sometimes and a bunch of other stuff.
Julia: We like baking.
Sam: we both like snuggling with each other

19. How are you and your mom different?
Emily: I've got thicker hair and I'm younger.
Julia: she likes to weed; I don't.
Sam: I know how to do a lot of computer games and she doesn't.

20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Emily: That she's caring enough to do things for me.
Julia: Cause she takes care of me.
Sam: Because she says it every day, and I know she means it. And she doesn't, like, roll her eyes.

21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
Emily: I don't know. There's so many things she likes about him.
Julia: Him.
Sam: Everything.

22. Where is your mom's favorite place to go?
Emily: the garden
Julia: the beach
Sam: The family room because it has all the family in it usually.


Madeline said...

I so love this! It's like reassurance that all is as well as you hoped or assumed. For me anyway - there were some good revelations. Sam is so perceptive! You ARE superwoman - but with a barn instead of a phone booth.

Anonymous said...


What a treat this was for me to read. I feel so inspired in so many ways. Thanks for sharing this piece of your life.

radical unschooler in Boulder CO

Steph's Road said...

This one made me laugh out loud:
Sam: Don't listen to your daddy.

This one made me cry:
Sam: That she builds the strength to do what she does today even though it's very hard.

This one CRACKED ME UP!!:
Julia: she likes to weed; I don't.

I never realized that you enjoy all that weeding.

Fun post! I love Emily, Julia, and Sam. Need to come over for some play time...

Madeline said...

I thought I'd commented here and came back to show the kids your interview and ... O.K. Whatever I said was brilliant and could never be recaptured. Oh yeah, I just said "wasn't this revelatory (is that a word?) In a good way?" And Sam! How perceptive is he to realize that you ARE Superwoman (with a barn instead of a phone booth).

lyssa said...

thanks for this. Just interviewed my kids. Answers were heartwarming. Will post to my blog too since I'm so behind on this.

Chantal said...

What an awesome blog! I've got to do this with my kids, I might just add my hubby too!

Alex Polikowsky said...

I loved this meme!
Well I am taller than you! I am 8 feet tall and about 90 years old! Amazing !

Mama Monkey said...

What a cool meme! :-) I wonder if my kids would be game.

Joy said...

Those answers had *me* smiling. What a lovely memento. Being a mum rocks =)

Alex Polikowsky said...

I just loved this meme. Our kids are so cool!

debs said...

I loved this! Love your blog also! May I use this question list too? I found your blog on the Alwaysunscooling e-list. I thought you might like to see my blog too.


Anonymous said...

Hello, That has to be the sweetest interview I've ever read! Something I'll have to look forward to with my kids (now 1 and 3).

Sarah said...

Good lord, that was great! I've done one of these with my oldest daughter, but at five her answers are quite different.

Those answers made me laugh out loud, smile, tear up... I can only imagine how they made you feel as the one the answers were about.