Not long after I woke this morning, my five-year-old daughter pulled out a notepad and a pen and began interviewing me — without warning.
“What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?” she said.
“Um, go to the bathroom?” I responded honestly, knowing that she can’t actually write. I had no idea she planned to draw my answers.
Soon, she was ready with her next question:
“And then what do you do?”
I told her I make coffee. (In retrospect, I probably start the coffee first, and then do other things while it’s percolating, but these are the answers I provided, and the ones she drew.)
“What do you do after making coffee?” she asked, very serious, very businesslike, after a few moments of scribbling.
I answered: “Get food for you and Benjamin.” I consider one of my top priorities each day to be keep the children alive, and feeding them is a big part of that.
RLF’s drawing of me getting food for the children
Note: one “plate” is actually a coffee mug
Note 2: this drawing is NOT to scale
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)
“What else do you do?” was the fourth question, asked with such a lazy tone that I assumed the interview was almost over.
“Sometimes I do laundry”, I replied.
But she’s a persistent reporter, the best kind. “Do you do anything else?”
Well, yes, actually. When you little ones quit asking me questions, I sometimes find other things to do. But what I said was, “I usually check the news on my phone.”
By this point, she decided to infer my answers rather than prompt me any further for them. “Sometimes you sit at your desk in the office”, she noted, remembering those (not really) rare times when I do so.
“And you go outside to smoke”, she added, bringing up the one thing I was hoping she wouldn’t remember, but I’ve been doing it all her life, so…
What turned out to be the last assertion was: “And you get clothes for us.” That’s true, I do that. It’s not technically necessary for my goal of keeping the kids alive, but it does keep my wife from getting upset with me, which is almost the same thing.
And that’s it. I just thought you’d enjoy this little interaction we had this morning. One more photo, below, shows RLF and her brother with their notepads during the interview.
RnB taking notes during the interview
Note: the MegaMillions ticket in the foreground was very profoundly incorrect
(Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)