Interview with a Seven-Year-Old

A few years ago, I borrowed an idea from Susan, the blogger behind theskyislaughingand interviewed the then Four-Year-Old about her current crop of likes, dislikes, and toys. Susan, interviews her daughter Selam every year.

I haven’t been as faithful about conducting the interviews, although I wish I had. Still, no time like the present for a check-in. Right?

Right now, The Seven-Year-Old is 7 years old (“Almost 8, Mommyo!’), weighs 58 pounds and is 4 feet 1 inch tall.

Mommyo (M): How old are you?

The Seven-Year-Old (T7YO): Seven. Almost eight.

M: Which is better, being 6 or being 7?

T7YO: I would say, being 7.

M: What’s your favorite food?

T7YO: Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese.

M: What else do you like to eat?

T7YO: Ice cream. Hot dogs.

M: What is the best food Mommyo makes?

T7YO: Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese.

M: What is your favorite color?

T7YO: Green, because that’s the usual color of dragon scales.

M: What’s your favorite book?

T7YO: The How to Train Your Dragon series

M: What’s your favorite toy?

T7YO: Oh, I keep these in all different places. Can I please go get them? They are my tiny tiny dragon toys.

M: What’s your favorite costume?

T7YO: Tiger costume.

M: What’s your favorite movie?

T7YO: How to Train Your Dragon.

M: What’s your favorite TV Show?

T7YO: How to Train Your Dragon: Legends.

M: Your favorite ice cream?

T7YO: Mint chocolate chip.

M: What is your favorite song?

T7YO: The song my daddy made up. It goes like this:

“There once was a rabbit named Peter, who walked upon the path.
His daughter pulled in front of him a wagon filled by half.
His son he rode a cycle with wheels that numbered three
And Peter walked upon the path with Mrs. Bunny.”

When my daughter was a baby, she had trouble falling asleep. In a burst of creativity fueled by abject desperation, Daddyo made up a song about the wallpaper in her bedroom. This wallpaper. (Photo: Shala Howell)

When my daughter was a baby, she often had trouble falling asleep at night. In a burst of creativity fueled by abject desperation, Daddyo made up a song about the wallpaper in her bedroom and would sing it to her while rocking her to sleep. This is the wallpaper that inspired the song. Sadly, it’s from two houses ago. Happily, we’ll always have this fuzzy picture and Daddyo’s lyrics to remember it by. (Photo: Shala Howell)

M: What is your favorite dance?

T7YO: I call it the mystery jig. I’ll show you the mystery jig right now. It’s pretty cool. Right cross over, left cross over. Criss cross criss cross criss cross spin criss cross criss cross criss cross spin spin spin jump and spin and bow.

M: What’s your favorite class in school?

T7YO: Art.

M: What would you change about school?

T7YO: We would have free choice all day, with cut-ins for recess. I would change that Art only happens on Wednesdays, and that it’s the last period we get on Wednesdays. I would make a huge cut-in in the center of the day for Art. I am very disappointed in my school because Music is the second last place we go before dismissal time on Thursdays and Tuesdays. I would make a smallish cut-in in the third quarter of the day for Music. It’s really sad that we only get one hour to half an hour of centers a day. I like centers a lot.

M: What is your favorite thing about Mommyo?

T7YO: That you’re my Mom.

M: What makes Mommyo mad?

T7YO: Me misbehaving, oh and I hate time-outs.

M: What do you wish Mommyo would do?

T7YO: Get Tigery a friend. Or actually get Tigery a mate, it’s mating season.

M: Where’s the best place for a The-Seven-Year-Old and Mommyo trip?

T7YO: A place where we could get Tigery a mate. A mate for mating season. He has a very bad case of the blues. He thought he would die from the blues. It’s mating season and he doesn’t have a long-term mate. He has a temporary mate. I’m the temporary mate.

M: If you had a wish, what would you wish for?

T7YO: I would wish that Tigery and his mate were real.

M: If you could go anyplace where would you go?

T7YO: If dragons were in this world, I’d go to a zoo to see the tigers and the dragons.

M: What do you want to be when you grow up?

T7YO: A dragonologist.

M: Advice for others on how to be happy:

T7YO: Read dragon books. Have fun!

M: What question should we add to this interview next time?

T7YO: Actually let’s just keep going on with questions. I think it’s a shame that it’s the time to stop this. It’s really fun. Could we please continue the interview?

M: What question should I ask?

T7YO: Oh, like what’s my favorite animal? What’s my second favorite animal?

M: Ok. What’s your favorite animal?

T7YO: Dragons, bilbies, the Easter Bunny, and tigers. And regular bunnies. Oh and bilbies are almost extinct because rabbits are driving them out. Not on purpose though.

M: What’s your second favorite animal?

T7YO: The zebra and the wildebeast.

M: Where can we get Tigery a Mate?

T7YO: Oh, I’d say somewhere in New York because he’s made by the company of FAO Schwartz and I think I might have gotten him in 2011. I bought him in Boston with a gift card that I got for my birthday from one of my friends. I got him at the Toys R Us store nearest to me at the time.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Nine-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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