Interview with Rachel

Jennifer over at Path Less Taken has been interviewing her kids.  I did that  several years ago with all three (here) so I decided to do it again and see how things had changed.   I started with Rachel and used Jen’s questions:

1. What is something mom always says to do?

Do the dishes, but politer. And you always say, “Eat a bug.”

(I do– in response to the constant “I’m hungry, what should I eat?” question.)

 

2. What makes mom happy?

Red appliances.

(Which is true I guess…)

 

3. What makes mom sad?

Bears.

(Stupid *grumble *grumble Tripletown bears.)

 

4. How does your mom make you laugh?

Showing me ridiculous dresses in the thrift store.

(I do– I find all kinds of crazy things I know neither of us would ever wear and try to convince her to try it on.)

 

5. What was your mom like as a child?

Why would you ask me that? Kind of a brat but I don’t want to say that. Creative with food I guess.

 (The kind of a brat thing is because I was almost exactly like her younger sister, Esther, therefore the “kind of a brat”.  And the creative with food thing is because they hear lots of stories of the messes and mistakes I made in the kitchen.)

6. How old is your mom?

27?

(HAhahAHAhaha– I am 37. 😛  I told her my age and she said, I knew it had a 7– stupid dyslexia.  She is also in denial that I am nearly 40– I am not allowed to say that I am.)

 

7. How tall is your mom?

Shorter than me.

(I KNEW she would say that.)

 

8. What is her favorite thing to do?

Go to the thrift store.

(I love that she picked the most extroverted thing that I do as my favorite– this is my extroverted child. Plus she says it is because I laugh when I go there.)

 

9. What does your mom do when you’re not around?

Shopping

(Usually she is at babysitting if she is not around, so yeah, I take that time to go shopping so I don’t have to waste gas and stop what I am doing to go pick her up.)

 

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?

Art.

 

11. What is your mom really good at?

Art.

 

12. What is your mom not very good at?

Tripletown.

(Stupid bears.)

13. What does your mom do for a job?

Art. Webdesign.

 (She said  she added webdesign because she didn’t like only saying Art for so many questions.)

14.What is your mom’s favorite food?

Salad.

(True, though it is more my go to food.)

 

15.What makes you proud of your mom?

Art. (Says this laughing because she has answered art for several questions now.)

 

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be?

(Not a specific character but rather an anime stereotype)

The anime girl character whith black hair and glasses who always sits in the corner and reads and never says anything.

(Note: this is always the character with the wise advise– I can do that. :P)

 

17. What do you and your mom do together?

My favorite thing we do together is go to the thrift store.
(I am noticing a theme here.)

18. How are you and your mom the same?

(Got the staredown for that one.)
Our dorkishness.

 

19. How are you and your mom different?

Should I start with the top 50? Not a bad thing, just true. Introverted verses extroverted is the biggest one.

(I am the introvert here. :))

 

20. How do you know your mom loves you?

When I come home and my closet or something of mine has been cleaned.

(Good to know.)

21. Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?

The library.

Looking back over the original answers and seeing them now, being more radical unschoolers has REALLY changed our relationship.  I am amazed how much more relaxed I am, and apparently how much more fun I am (and obviously no longer fighting my kids about cleaning the house and just trying to make them obey in general– AND the house is CLEANER than it ever was then.  The “take initiative” thing was about them helping out when they saw a mess.  And now they DO, naturally, without me asking because I am not always demanding housework.)  I just read both aloud to Rachel plus my response and she is nodding and smiling in agreement.  So that is cool.  (And she wants me to add– saying bears.  Stupid bears.)