Interview with an Eight Year Old
A-Z Challenge letter: E – Eight
For the last few years, I have been interviewing Bean in Spring and the time has come once again. It’s interesting to see how his answers change, and which stay the same.
How old are you? 8
How old are Mummy and Daddy? Mummy’s coming up to 40 and Daddy is coming up to 48
Who is in charge of the country? David Cameron, the Prime Minister, who does a really rubbish job
Who is the Queen? Queen Elizabeth 2nd. This is her 61st year of being Queen and I hope she will be Queen longer than Queen Victoria, which was 65 years. So she only needs five more years and she’s beaten Queen Victoria
What’s your favourite food? Pasta bake
What’s your favourite song? “Best Song Ever”, which literally is the best song ever by One Direction
What do you do at school? Nothing because I’m home educated. I do maths every day. Reading every day and I do certain things on certain days, like baking on Mondays, DT on Tuesdays, cub badges work on Wednesdays.
What does Mummy do all day? Sit and chat and help me with my maths if I need it and hug me and feed the babies. And she works a bit too
What does Daddy do all day? He’s in the shed working. When he’s not he’s having a wee, or getting his lunch or fiddling with his computer.
How does a car work? Absolutely no flipping idea! Well, you turn the key and the engine comes on. The engine is in the front of your car and there’s a tank that holds all the fuel and your engine rumbles to indicate its on. You have to press certain peddles to move the car and there’s a steering wheel which has springs or magnets and when you turn the wheel it moves the car a certain way. There’s gears too which you have to press the clutch to get into.
Where do babies come from? Mummy’s tummy but I don’t want to tell you any more about it like how they get there.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a rock star and a fireman and a boxer. I’ve got the muscles for that *demonstrates*
What will you call your children? Well, if I have two boys I’ll call one Harry Ronl and one Sirius Remus and if I have one boy and one girl I’ll call the boy Harry Ron and the girl Hermione Lily.
What is something Mummy always says to you? Hurry up, get on with your work.
What are your favourite toys? my lightsaber and my Lego figures
What makes you happy? being with my Mum and Dad. Oh, and coke!
What makes you sad? When Plum is sad or hurt or when PK is hurt or when my family is hurt
What’s the best thing in the world? My family
If you had one wish what would it be? it would be that there was world peace.
What’s your favourite film? ooh this is a tricky one. It has to be Despicable Me 2. That was absolutely hilarious, the first half hour me and dad were laughing our heads off
What’s your favourite book? Black Beauty, by far. I like that it’s got so many horses and that nearly everyone ends up with a happy ending except for Ginger who was quite, well, ginger. And nasty and died on the job. And I absolutely adore horses.
What are your hobbies? cubs and judo. Judo is very complex and cubs is very hard to understand since everyone shouts what you have to do. My first night I was really confused because my leader’s leader was just shouting and I couldn’t understand anything he was shouting.
What three words would you use to describe you? Awesome. Kind. Helpful
If you could do anything or go anywhere this weekend what would it be? I would go to London and go to the Tower of London and see all the prisoners. And the crown jewels.
Are you happy? Yes.
Well, there we have it. Some things surprised me – his wish for world peace for instance, although he has been taking more notice of all the conflict in the world lately. And I love how easy he makes it sound to look after two toddlers and home educate an 8 year old, run a business and a household, write a blog and find time for reading and crochet. I must give off an air of calm all the time (ha!).
I also feel the need to put the record straight – I do tell him to get a move on with his work, but not all the time, not even every day and far, far less than other things, such as telling him I love him. Still, this interview was about his perceptions. hmn