#Q4KIDZ III: My Girls Sound Off On TV Life, Anatomical Switches and the Power of a Skunk

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Marie called me on my setup.

Q4kidz“You don’t write that blog post,” she sneered. “We do.”

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.]

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photo credit: The ‘Real’ Tardis at Wetherby Police Station via photopin (license)

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.

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photo credit: The ‘Real’ Tardis at Wetherby Police Station via photopin (license)

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.

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photo credit: Toe Art…Concern & Care via photopin (license)

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.

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photo credit: Haruhi Brigade via photopin (license)

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.

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photo credit: Natural Cut Fries with Sea Salt 2 via photopin (license)

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.

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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.

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photo credit: Broodje in de spiegel via photopin (license)

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.

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photo credit: Skunk Encounter via photopin (license)

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.

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photo credit: Angler Fish Mask: more light (now powered by 6V) via photopin (license)

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.

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  1. Anxious Mom says:

    Sounds like fun and interesting conversation. I signed up as well, gotta get a break from morbid Would You Rather.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a blast! Let me know how you like the questions – I hope you’ll write a post with your answers!

  2. ksbeth says:

    oh, those fruity questions – keep ’em coming!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      such a romantic idea, right?

  3. Your girls truly crack me up and admit that I loved all there answers here once again, especially the soccer references about switched arms and legs 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I wish they’d drawn pictures of those, Janine! Thanks.

      1. Now those pics would be priceless!!!

  4. Lyn says:

    Your girls are smart, Eli. My choices — according to what the girls chose, would be…
    1 – Elise 2 – Grace 3 – Marie 4 – Elise 5 – Elise 6 – Grace 7 – Marie 8 – Marie 9 – none ‘cos they’re all way too dangerous 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You’re equal parts Elise and Marie, Lyn. I am formulating a quiz for readers to take to determine which of my girls they are.

      1. Lyn says:

        That sounds like fun 🙂

  5. This was so sweet,and hysterical! I loved reading your girls’ answers, Eli. I can’t pick a favorite question or group of answers… Wait, yes, I can. The animal combo answers. They’re frighteningly creative. 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I send them the questions, and brace myself for the answers, Sara! Glad you enjoyed the answers, too.

      Those animal combinations are cool, aren’t they? I really should have asked the girls to sketch them!

  6. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Elise is 100% correct with the first one, but only if said Doctor is David Tennant 😀

    Marie, as usual, had the most matches to what my answers would be. I don’t think French Fries and a Frosty are unusual; I thought that was what everyone did!

    ANGLER ANTICORN has to be captured in some form. It’s too good not to be illustrated!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Oh, the Doctor is a big deal, which one – although I haven’t watched a lot, I think he often has a fetching companion with him, doesn’t he?

      Just wait until that “which of Coach Daddy’s girls are you?” quiz comes out. Then you’ll know for sure.

      I just wonder where the unicorn horn and angler antennae will co-exist – or will it be a morphed appendage?

  7. Your girls are hilarious and I can almost predict the sweetness, sarcasm, etc. that each will take with her answers. I love Elise’s thoughts on having her teammates smell extremely badly when they have the ball. I like that competitive, “I’ll take any advantage I can get” spirit!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I love them for the sweetness/sarcasm mix, Deb! Always looking for an edge on the pitch, too.

      They go after each other pretty hard, but they also have each other’s backs.

  8. tamaralikecamera says:

    All three girls appeal to different parts of my heart with that first one. Doctor Who.. because.. Doctor Who. Chocolate.. because.. chocolate. Full House.. because.. some parts of my childhood were so broken, and Full House helped piece it back together. They helped. John Stamos “helped.”
    I adore Grace, but I agree much more with the other two on that uniform one – snacks and naptime, please. Pajamas, please.
    I never understood the whole French fries and frosty thing. It didn’t work for me!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’ve heard Doctor Who in the background (especially when that tall R2-D2ish guy talks – that sounds like anger and fury in a blender) and don’t mind when the girls watch Full House, because it means they’re not watching Zack and Cody.

      The older two are more set in their pajamas and naptime and snack ways. Did you notice a little edge to Grace’s mirror answer, though?

      How’s this for a new taste – Grace for her birthday today requested pickle pizza. It wasn’t half bad.

  9. So many great questions and even greater answers!
    You must be so proud of Marie’s snack uniform 😉
    So what Grace is saying… in her generation it’s cool to wear guy jewelry? I think you should reconsider a man purse then!
    Elise’s days as a kid who doesn’t have a worry in the world seem to come to an end – makes me sad, and I admire her maturity on the other hand!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The questions are the best! Marie knew I’d want a uniform too like that – she probably got the idea from when I wear cargo shorts and load the pockets with munchies.

      I’ll never reconsider the man purse. Millennials can do what they want.

      It won’t be long for Elise – she’ll be eligible to vote this presidential election! I wonder if she’ll vote for the candidate I’m volunteering for …

  10. reocochran says:

    I love this interaction and your girls sound smart and creative, Eli. Great stuff! You learn so much along the way about them from these answers.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I never know what I’ll get when I send them these, Robin. It’s been a blast! I am grateful they play along.

  11. walkerkaty0 says:

    I don’t have any kids but I totally signed up for the questions. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I want to know what your answers are Katy – are you going to post them?

      1. walkerkaty0 says:

        Yeah, I plan on doing that probably this weekend

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Look forward to seeing it Katy!

  12. laurie27wsmith says:

    We can see where the girls get their quirky yet interesting views, answers from Mate.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They’re pieces of work all their own, mate.

      1. laurie27wsmith says:

        They certainly are Mate.

  13. Your girls are really funny—-and VERY clever with these answers! Hmmm… wonder where they get that sense of humor from…..

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Marcia – I love getting their answers. Their sense of humor far surpasses mine. I think I’ve lost it!

  14. kismaslife says:

    These are awesome and I adore Marie’s answer about love! She and my daughter sound very much alike.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I had to push to get that much out of Marie on love, Tiff. Who has time for that kind of nonsense?

  15. Rorybore says:

    What does it say about me that I have eaten french fries and a Frosty? I mean, you have to give me this one, because it’s was the Wendy’s value menu and I was drunkstarving student once. I even walked through the drive thru one night. oh yes. proud moment. but hey, it’s Canada. I saw a moose do it once at Tim Hortons.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It says, Rore, that you could pass as an American. I don’t even acknowledge the Baconator and other delicious fare at Wendy’s because basically my food budget is the same as the days as a starving student.

      You’re probably the reason walking through the drive-through became illegal. You’re historic.

      My proud fast-food moment was the day I brought my bean burrito back to the Taco Bell manager because it tasted metallic.

      “You ate most of it,” was his answer. I’d eaten about a third before it began to taste like mercury.

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