#Q4KIDZ IV: My Girls Sound Off on Animal Interviews, Market Morals and a Scholarly Challenge

photo credit: Even the Dark Side needs motivation via photopin (license)
photo credit: Even the Dark Side needs motivation via photopin (license)

One of the girls has taken to providing her answers with a sneer.

Q4kidzNot naming names or anything. But her name rhymes with Queen Bee. In fact, I wondered if asking her these questions for this monthly post might have had its run. Perhaps I should let her off the hook.

But, she keeps answering.

And a terse answer is still an answer, right? It’s like that Rush song, Freewill. “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” Deep, huh?

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photo credit: Dolphin via photopin (license)
photo credit: Dolphin via photopin (license)

What is the first question you would ask a dolphin?

Elise: Do you really like when people swim with you?

Marie: Dolphins don’t talk.

Grace: Do you like when people ride on your back?


photo credit: The Exotic Garden - Norwich June 23rd 2013 via photopin (license)
photo credit: The Exotic Garden – Norwich June 23rd 2013 via photopin (license)

If you could build your dream tree house, what would it look like? Would it have any special features?

Elise: It would be huge, and full of all the supplies I need. It’d have a TV that shows all the reruns of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, in order.

Marie: It would be really big, and have lots of windows. There would be different restaurants inside, and a slide to get down.

Grace: My tree house would have a refrigerator 9 miles long, and I would have a fast wheel chair and a Luke Kuechly security system.


photo credit: Thief via photopin (license)
photo credit: Thief via photopin (license)

What would you do if you saw someone stealing food from a grocery store?

Elise: Find the biggest dude working there, and tell him, then watch him tackle the person.

Marie: Nothing.

Grace: I would karate kick them and take the groceries, then get cash.

photo credit: slimey_bug_bw via photopin (license)
photo credit: slimey_bug_bw via photopin (license)

If you could make your own cartoon show, what would the villain be like? What would his name be?

Elise: He would be really cool and really funny, and you really don’t want him to be that bad guy, but he’s just really stupid. And uhhh … I don’t know his name.

Marie: I don’t want to answer that!

Grace: The villain would steal pickles and she (me) would be named Cam Wham Pickle Ma’am.


photo credit: Pizza Closeup via photopin (license)
photo credit: Pizza Closeup via photopin (license)

If you could eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Elise: Tacos.

Marie: Pizza.

Grace: I would have a salad because you have so many choices for one.


cam books

How many books do you think you can balance on your head? Okay, prove it.

Elise: …

Marie: 2.

Grace: That’s 9!

balance quote


  1. 1jaded1 says:

    Pizza…yes. Thank you all for the laughs.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      The girls are good for them!

  2. Lyn says:

    Excellent answers…even the ones from Queen Bee 😀 I’m with you, Grace. You can do so much with salads.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      She’d be so ticked if she knew I’d associated her with queen bee. The youngest took the healthy approach!

  3. laurie27wsmith says:

    Love them cheer leading storm troopers Mate. The girls are really showing their preferences for food etc. Go girls.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I thought that pic was too good to pass up, mate. I wonder where the girls get their foody-ness?

      1. laurie27wsmith says:

        I think it’s your best storm trooper pic to date. Where did they get it? Hmm I’ll have to think on that one.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        It came from photopin.com, mate. The caption said you could see how he suspended the stormtroopers if you looked really closely.

      3. laurie27wsmith says:

        I just took a look, he’s quite a clever chap and has some good stuff happening.

  4. kismaslife says:

    Wonderful answers and I am all about a weekend binge watching of the Fresh Prince!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You could do so much worse than Fresh Prince, Tiffany!

  5. ksbeth says:

    ah, age and a yearning for independence, as much as they still need us secretly )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      the stories i could tell, beth.

  6. Is that Grace balancing books on her head? Good job! 😀 That must have taken a lot of practice!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That most certainly is Grace! She took to that question like a champ. By the smile on her face, I imagine she conquered much to get them to stay.

  7. I want to come hang out with Elise in her treehouse and watch old Fresh Prince reruns! Seriously still one of my favorite shows from back in the day. She is definitely my kind of girl 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s be the stuff, wouldn’t it? She’d have copious snacks, too, just saying. She’s frustrated by reruns because they don’t show them in order.

  8. NotAPunkRocker says:

    I like that 2 out of 3 of them had the dolphin’s well being in mind, while the third gave the answer I would. Or at least, the answer I would give on a Monday, pre-caffeine.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s a great point – I’m proud of them for that. Mondays are fun with she and I, although there’s always a twinkle in there somewhere in our conversations. I value that hugely.

  9. tamaralikecamera says:

    A nine mile fridge, eh? I wonder how big that would make the rest of the house? If there could even be a rest of the house? It would be seen from space!
    That said, I agree about the salad. As much as I love pizza and tacos, and I really do, I love salads.

  10. jannatwrites says:

    This was entertaining. Cam Wham Pickle Ma’am is great! At least they answered. I’m not so sure my older son would…. he likes to pretend I don’t exist, well until he needs a ride to school or something 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Janna. I never know what to expect! I’m going to fold this monthly feature into Go Ask Daddy, starting Friday – so it gets in more often and I have another slot to actually write.

      You could make giving an answer to a question fare for a ride!

  11. Kim says:

    Nine books? Whoa. Next time see how many copies of the first two books in the Brandon Sanderson series “The Stormlight Chronicles” you can carry on your head. #2 is as thick as a piece of bread is tall!

    My record is one of those. Also, it’s heavy.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      not a bad effort, right Kim? I was impressed. I didn’t even count off that none of them was War and Peace.

      You should submit a picture, too.

  12. “Cam Wham Pickle Ma’am” Ha! I love it! Great answers. I should start doing this with my 5 year old.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I loved that one! She’s creative with this stuff, that one. I would highly recommend it – you can sign up for free through the link on this post.

  13. TammieB says:

    Cam Wham Pickle Ma’am, BEST. VILLIAN NAME. EVER!!!!! Then karate kicking the grocery stealer and taking the cash…I LOVE this kid! You’ve got some great girls there, Eli! I may ask my daughter these questions, just to see what she says. Honestly though, she sounds like Grace.

  14. Oh Eli! This had me rolling!

    Lemme guess, which girl is most like her daddy?
    My money is on Grace – Cam Wham Pickle Ma’am sounds like a chip off the ole block 🙂

    Love your girls – thank you for sharing them with us.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks! I really don’t know what to expect when I ask these questions. They all show flashes of affliction of being my kid, but Grace does seem lately to display the most symptoms.

      Thanks for loving my girls too, Michelle. Never a dull moment.

      1. “I really don’t know what to expect…”
        My daughter loves to send me pictures of skin ailments and ask for a long distance diagnosis 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        That sounds like a monthly blog feature to me – open it up to your readers to toss in their diagnoses!

      3. *writes down the suggestion and sticks it on the idea board. (Good one, Eli!)

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        Ever tried Trello for blog ideas, Michelle?

      5. *writes Trello down, too

  15. Rorybore says:

    HA – LOVE that she actually balanced them on her head. rock on.
    Is there a such thing as taco pizza? cause I am thinking that might be a beautiful thing.
    I was in a pretty cool tree house just last night. Not fan of knotted climbing ropes tho…. ouch!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That kid takes it to the limit, Rore. Caught her sisters flat-footed. Taco pizza exists, but I’m generally opposed to blurring of epicurian lines to create a marketable food item (unless it’s delicious.)

      I have never been in a tree house, Rore. Knotted ropes probably don’t agree with the grown-up form, and I just winced at the thought of it.

      1. Rorybore says:

        Never been in a tree house!!!?? That’s it then – the next blogger convention has to be in a tree house.
        Does Dominoes deliver to tree houses?

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        If not, I’ll make a pie run, Rore.

  16. I want to visit all of them in their awesome tree houses! What a cool question!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I hope they’d let dad come up there. Maybe if I brought pizza?

  17. stomperdad says:

    That’s hilarious! I’ve been doing this weekly. I think I’ll have to sign up for those daily questions so I don’t run out. “Cam Wham Pickle Ma’am” made me laugh for an unusually long time 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Erik. What have you been doing weekly? The questions are great.

      1. stomperdad says:

        I’ve been asking the boys open ended questions on Thursdays (since I answer their on Fridays). Their answers have been nothing short of comical.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Good stuff, brother. Kids are great blog fodder. Even our own.

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