“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”
Ever wonder what's going on in a child's mind? I do - all the time! I find it wildly entertaining and enlightening to attempt to view the world through their eyes.
A few days ago, I did a little impromptu interview with my 6 year-old son, Phoenix. Some of his answers made me laugh uncontrollably, while others brought tears to my eyes. It was a serendipitous little event!
If you ever want to know what's going on in their little brains, just ask!
Q&A: Talking with Phoenix
Me: At what age is a person an adult?
Phoenix: Twenty something.
Me: If you could change one rule that our family has, what would you change?
Phoenix: That I could invite friends over whenever I wanted.
Me: What is something that makes our family special?
Phoenix: That they exist. Duh!
Me: Of all the things you are learning, what do you think will be the most useful when you're an adult?
Phoenix: How to make sandwiches.
Me: Are you a good friend?
Me: Why do you think so?
Phoenix: Because I love people.
Me: How would the world be different if animals could talk?
Phoenix: Well, there could be reality shows of animals cooking. Animals cooking people, instead of people cooking animals. A switcharoo!
Me: If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?
Phoenix: An otter, because it can go on land and water.
Me: Would you cheat on a test if you knew you wouldn't get caught?
Me: If you could grow up to be famous, what would you want to be famous for?
Phoenix: Break dancing and stunts.
Me: If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?
Phoenix: I would sneak a pack of Pop Tarts and a Coca Cola.
Me: What is the best gift you have ever given?
Phoenix: My hugs and that rock I gave you. My hugs are very special. The rock, not so much.
Me: What is the hardest thing about being a kid?
Me: If you were a teacher and the kids in your class wouldn't listen to you, what would you do?
Phoenix: I would just give them the day off from school. Cause I’m really nice.
Me: Where is your favorite place in the world?
Me: If you could give one gift to every single child in the world, what would you give them?
Phoenix: A year off from school - including me. Except the poor children; I would give them the life they deserve. I would give them the life that I have. But I would still give them a year off from school.
Me: If you could travel back in time three years and visit your younger self, what advice would you give yourself?
Phoenix: I'd say: "Hello I’m your future self. I don’t have any advice for you."
Me: What five words do you think most describe you?
Phoenix: Awesome, energetic, nice, super....
Can’t there only be 4?
Me: If you could invent something that would make life easier for people, what would you invent?
Phoenix: A pizza maker.
Me: If you could make one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, what rule would you make?
Phoenix: To start their day off, everyone would have to drink a bottle of water.
Me: What is your ideal allowance, and what would you buy with it?
Phoenix: $100 a week. I'd buy a few video games with part of it, and some healthy food with the rest of it.
Me: What is your happiest memory?
Phoenix: I don’t have a happiest memory because my life has always been happy.
Me: What is your favorite part of being a kid?
Phoenix: You don’t have to worry about whether to get married or not.
Me: Why do people get married?
Phoenix: Because they love each other a lot. I don’t really want to get married because I don’t want to have children.
Me: Why don't you want to have children?
Phoenix:That’s none of your business.
Me: What advice would you give your parents?
Phoenix: To be very nice.
Me: What do you love most about your sister?
Phoenix: That she's a really good sister.
Me: What do you think makes a person good-looking?
Phoenix: If they look like my mother.
Me: Who is God?
Phoenix: Creator of the world.