Lately, I’ve been the one asking the girls questions, too.
For more than a month, the girls and I have played along with a service called Q4KIDZ, from the organization Parents Together. Sign up, and you get daily questions by email or text to ask your kids.
It went so well last time, it’s now a monthly feature.
Here’s what the kids had to say to a few prompts in July. Apologies that the girls’ sketches don’t accompany their stellar answers this time. Two are off on a camping trip, and it’s an awful lot of pressure to put on the one who stayed behind.
Question: If you had a remote control that programmed humans, what buttons would it have on it? Who would you use it on?
Elise: I would have obedience and a volume button, or a “don’t be an asshole” button. I’d use it on assholes and my sisters.
Marie: Mute and freeze and I would use it on my sisters, my judgmental grandparents and teachers.
Grace: I would have a talking button to control their voice. I would also have a body control and brain control. I’d use it on people I don’t like, so I could make them act unnatural.
Question: If you designed a car, what would you name it? What would it look like?
Elise: It would be called the I15 and it would look like a ’67 Impala, but more updated and stuff.
Marie: Swag on Wheels, and it would be all black and have tinted windows.
Grace: It would be a teal and black mustang-type-truck. I’d call it Marlelishis.
Question: If your voice was replaced by an animal sound for the next hour, which animal sound would you choose, and why?
Elise: Dolphin. Just so whenever I talk, I may or may not be cursing.
Marie: A donkey, so I could mimic Grace.
Grace: That bird that could make any sound he heard (Australian Lyrebird) on that video you showed us, because it’s cool.
Question: If your skin was going to turn into the skin of any animal, which animal would you choose and why?
Elise: I would be a tiger, because I like the stripes.
Marie: A chameleon, so I could change colors.
Grace: I would be a shark, because if people touched me the wrong way, it would slice their hand.
Question: If you could choose to read one person’s mind, who would it be and why?
Elise: My teachers’, because they always circle the room during tests and look over your shoulder. If they know the answer, they’ll be thinking it, and then I’ll get the answer. Plus, you get to know how they really feel about everyone.
Marie: Players I’m going against, so I know what they are going to do next.
Grace: My teacher’s mind, because I could cheat on tests and know what they’re planning for us.
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