Today I read one of those lists that you are supposed to ask your children to learn what they think of you. Normally I ignore them, but I’m spending a wintery Michigan day with the boys and thought, oh what the hell. I called my twelve year old over and proceeded to quiz him. Here are the results….
- What is something mom always says to you?
- What makes mom happy?
The beach or SNL (Saturday Night Live, just in case that wasn’t clear…)
- What makes mom sad?
Snow (so very, very true…)
- How does your mom make you laugh?
By telling jokes that I can relate to
- What was your mom like as a child?
A punk/talked back/smart (ok, so guilty as charged…)
- How old is your mom?
49 (and I just vomited a little bit writing that…)
- How tall is your mom?
5’10” (insert me laughing now…as that is about 4″ taller than I am…)
- What is her favorite thing to do?
Go to the gym, comedy, or to the beach
- What does your mom do when you’re not around?
- If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for?
- What is your mom really good at?
Being a nurse, awareness of everything going on around, reading
- What is your mom not very good at?
Swimming (sigh, very true…)
- What does your mom do for a job?
Comedy (now if I could only get paid for this….)
- What is your mom’s favorite food?
Salad with prosciutto on top
- What makes you proud of your mom?
That I am the only one that graduated from college in my family (I must insert here that my parents did go to junior college and obtained associate degrees)
- If your mom were a character, who would she be?
Will Ferrell (hahahahaha!!!!)
- What do you and your mom do together?
Watch “Heroes” and play Star Wars by fighting with light sabers
- How are you and your mom the same?
We both love to argue and are very competitive (ok, this is true. Uno can become a blood bath…as can Nerf archery–we shoot each other–or any other event…)
- How are you and your mom different?
I couldn’t care less about sports (this is true…although when he plays soccer, I am fixated on that field…)
- How do you know your mom loves you?
Because I cook for him and I went to Africa to get him (choking up a bit here..)
- What does your mom like most about your dad?
He is loyal and doesn’t lie and is smart
- Where is your mom’s favorite place to go?
Key West or anyplace warm (I’m sensing a theme here…)
I had fun asking him all of these questions. I loved that he thinks that I am always aware of everything…that’s going to help me as his teen years loom in the near future. It also may have helped that I discovered his Nintendo DS hidden under his mattress today…that he took without asking from my room so he could stay up at night and play. Busted.
I should also add in that when I first asked him how we were alike he started to answer physical features… like our toes, and widow’s peaks…which I found just so dang sweet as he is adopted and yet he was still finding physical similarities. Again, tearful here.
Take the time to ask your children questions. Get to know them. Look under their mattresses. Look into their eyes and their hearts.
They will look back.
And if we are very lucky, they will continue to do so…their entire lives.