Marie called me on my setup.
Can’t slip it past you, kid. Yes. You girls write the copy for this post every month. And you kind of kick-ass at it. Who am I to get in the way of that?
My girls and I get daily texts and emails from Q4KIDZ, with daily questions. The idea: Ask them of your kids, and see what conversations ensue. Have you signed up yet? [Check out the web site here.]
Question: If you could live inside a television show for one month, which would it be?
Elise: Doctor Who, because it’s Doctor Who! You get to travel anywhere at any time, with a British doctor.
Marie: Can it be a movie? I’d pick Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I’d eat the chocolate.
Grace: Full House. It would be really fun and they’d take good care of me.
Question: What do you think it means to love someone else? Are there different kinds of love?
Elise: To love someone is to have some sort of feeling about them that you can’t really explain. You just smile when you see them or think about them or when you hear their name, you perk up a little. There are different kinds of love. I think it all comes from the same root, like love is love. There are just different severities, or levels, of it.
Marie: I don’t know and I don’t know. I don’t like fruity questions.
Grace: To love someone else means you have strong feelings for another person. Yes, there is ‘love,’ meaning BFF or something, and LOVE like MARRY ME love.
Question: How would life be different if your arms and legs switched places?
Elise: Well, I’d look weird for one, and soccer would be interesting …
Marie: Well, if I still walked on my feet, I would get hit in the face with the ball a lot more.
Grace: Scientists would find a way to write with your feet, and you would learn to walk on your hands.
Question: Invent your own personalized school uniform – would you include any special tools as attachments?
Elise: We could just wear our pajamas and nap time would be strongly advised.
Marie: You have to have snacks on you at all times.
Grace: It would be a college T-shirt, jeans, or hand-tip shorts. Special attachments would be: Girls – headbands or other jewelry. And boys – guy jewelry and tools.
Question: What is the craziest food combination that you would still eat?
Elise: I guess it depends what I get out of it, like, some kind of bribe.
Marie: French fries and a Frosty.
Grace: Pizza-ice cream-pickle juice topped with whip cream-French fry-cookie dough.
Question: What part of being a kid do you think you’ll miss the most when you grow up?
Elise: Not having to worry about stuff, and not having to worry about the things I do in deciding my future.
Marie: Having my parents make my meals.
Grace: Not having to pay bills or have a job to do.
Question: If your mirror reflection could talk to you while you’re brushing your teeth, what might he or she say?
Elise: It would make fun of me … how I look while brushing my teeth, how I sound weird and that it never had to brush its teeth.
Marie: Brush your hair. It looks like a rats nest!
Grace: She would tell me to clean the litter box (cat emoji) because it smells. Then I would say “Do it yourself!” We would agree on how good my hair looks and how good my clothes are.
Question: If you had the power to make people smell bad, as if you were a skunk, when, if ever, would you use that power?
Elise: When people are standing next to their crushes. Or, when playing soccer, I’d make whoever has the ball on my team smell.
Marie: During class, so we would evacuate the building.
Grace: I would use it if someone I didn’t like had work interviews. I would make them smell, and when they went on dates, so they would be lonely the rest of their lives, and even their cats would run away.
Question: If you had to combine three animals into one new creature, which animals would you choose? What would your new creature’s name be?
Elise: A killer shark bat. It’s a bat whose body looks like a shark, but has the coloring of a killer whale.
Marie: Bird fish and bear, so it could swim, fly and walk.
Grace: An angler fish, an ant and a unicorn. It would be called ANGLER – ANTICORN.