I copied this Interview the Kids meme from Mama Monkey. It was eye-opening. Obviously, I make less of an impression on them than I thought. I interviewed Marina and Chase together, which was probably a mistake. At the very least, I should have waited for Marina to finish with trigonometry. My comments are in parentheses.
1. What is something your mom always says to you?
Marina (age 15): Don't be afraid of the math. (She was doing math at the time.)
Chase (age 12): Chase, did you do your work?
Sierra (age 6): Do your work. (It's interesting. I thought the phrase I used most for Chase and Sierra was, "Pick up your toys." I guess they didn't hear me!)
2. What makes your mom happy?
Marina: A clean house
Chase: Cookies and a clean house
Sierra: When I do my work
3. What makes your mom sad?
Marina: When you're ignored.
Chase: Cats knocking things over. (he added "of value" for clarification)
Sierra: When the cats knock over the angel (on the Christmas tree)
4. How does your mom make you laugh?
Marina: Well, you're funny, aren't you?
Chase: Staring for long periods of time. (It's my nose, isn't it?)
5. What did your mom like to do when she was a child?
Chase: Juggle (except I learned when I was 18)
Sierra: Play with toys.
6. How old is your mom?
Chase: I. Don't. Know. (Periods added to show his emphasis)
Sierra: 40 (she peeked at Marina's answer)
7. How tall is your mom?
Marina: Taller than me.
Chase: Can I get out the measuring tape?
Sierra: 41 inches
8. What is her favorite thing to do?
Marina: I don't know if you have a favorite thing to do. You like to do a lot of things. I don't like to do interviews. It's a good thing I'm not famous.
Sierra:Go on the computer and talk to your friends.
9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?
Marina: Go on LibraryThing. Clean. Sleep. Read.
Chase: What DO you do when I'm not around?
Sierra: Work on her comics.
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
Marina: Your comic strip.
11. What is your mom really good at?
12. What is your mom not very good at?
Marina: You're pretty average at math.
Chase: Keeping adorable cats out of the house.
Sierra: Getting lots of money
13. What does your mom do for her job?
Marina: Teach us. Draw.
Chase: Whatever you're paid to do. (I can see his future as a politician.)
14. What is your mom’s favorite food?
Marina: I didn't know that you HAD a favorite food!
Sierra: Vegetables and Fruit (No one said cereal. Amazing.)
15. What makes you proud of your mom?
Marina: That you've been doing so well with the blogging.
Chase: That you're a nice mom.
Sierra: That you help me with stuff.
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?
Marina: A cross between Pinky (from Pinky and the Brain. Pinky is the zany one who everyone likes. Narf.) and Frankie (from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. She cleans up after everyone), depending on how you're feeling.
Chase: The mom in Family Circus. Wait, does it matter? Because we could just say your cartoon!
Sierra: Yourself in your comics
17. What do you and your mom do together?
Marina: We do Hogwarts Express together. (A discussion group on LibraryThing.)
Chase: Talk about all the people on the road who are driving horribly.
Sierra: My homework
18. How are you and your mom the same?
Marina: We both have a fear of new situations.
Chase: We both own cats. (Marina said, "Hey wow! I do too! It's like we live in the same house!")
19. How are you and your mom different?
Marina: I can knit and you can't. (I heard "commit" at first and was pretty shocked to hear that!)
Chase: I'm shorter.
Sierra:We have different color hair.
20. How do you know your mom loves you?
Marina: You mean, there was a chance you didn't? I don't know. We have fun together!
Chase: Can I copy Marina's answer? Yeah, that.
Sierra: She gives me Valentine gifts.
21. What does your mom like most about your dad?
Marina: That he's a hopeless romantic!
Chase: That he is also a performer.
Sierra:That he gives you flowers.
22. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
Marina: The garden
Chase: Puerto Rico?
What can I say? I'm raising a pack of comedians. Thank goodness for daddy. Every family needs a straight man.