An Interview with My Step-Daughter

hat scarf snow winterToday is a snow day!  It is currently 27 degrees outside so I am content to sit inside, drink coffee and watch crappy daytime television.  It is actually kind of nice.

Today I was trying to come up with something to write about and I thought, I’ve got a 10-year-old in the other room, let’s interview her. 

Zoe is Sam’s daughter, and will be 11 in March.  She loves to read, and draw, and use funny voices.  I asked her some random questions, and wrote her answers, exactly as she answered them.

1,  One word to describe you?  Derpy

2.  What exactly does Derpy mean to you?  Weird, sometimes funny, out of the ordinary, awesome in it’s own way.

3. What advice would you give your dad?  Spend more time with your family.  It does not have to be expensive, but spend time with family.

4. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be?  A narwhal.

5.  What is the nicest thing you have done for someone else?  Accepting a new girl as a friend, even though I am not the “greeter leader” at my school.

6. What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now?  Either voice acting for cartoons or drawing the cartoons.

7. What do you think makes a person good-looking? It is a hard question to answer, because everyone’s idea of good-looking is different.  (I clarified I asked what she thought made a person good-looking) Black hair, large eyes, athletic. 

8.  At what age do you think people become adults?  I think about 18. 

9. How would the world be different if animals could talk?   A lot more people would be friends with their pets.  People would like the more unattractive animals because they are probably very interesting.  Like Turtles. 

10.  Of all the things you are learning in school, what do you think will be the most useful later in life?  Reading, writing, math, measuring, adding, fractions.  All of the special area classes… art, music, PE because it helps kids explore what they want to do when they grow up. 

11. What is the hardest thing about being a kid?  I think the fact that, things can happen, and a lot of people have different view points of it, and things could go wrong and seem much bigger than they actually are because you are young.  Bad things happen, and are more traumatic to kids than adults.

12.  If you could get in a time machine and go back three years, to 2013, to when you were 7.  So 10-year-old Zoe is now visiting 7-year-old Zoe.  What would 10-year-old Zoe say to 7-year-old Zoe?  I would warn her “things will happen, be prepared I won’t spoil anything”.  Try to behave better, things are going to be ok, sit back and enjoy the ride.  (Zoe’s mom died 2 years ago) 

13.  What if tomorrow morning when you woke up, 15-year-old Zoe was sitting on your bed.  What do hope she would say to you?  We’ve got a much better house, and life is happiness, rainbows and unicorns.  

She’s a good kid who has been through more than a 10-year-old should have to go through.  She’s smart, and brave and strong and funny.  She dreams big, loves hard, and laughs loud. 

About Becky

While control is an illusion, organization helps to manage the chaos of our lives. Becky was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007. She has found that when her life and home are organized her bipolar mind is less manic. She shares her attempts at managing the chaos of living with her fiance and tweenage step-daughter, while trying to be a good parent to her mostly grown children who live 2 hours away.

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