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      What Kids Say About Favorite Things

      June 26, 2012

      Children are awesome. I am a child who is asking children questions. Asking questions is the same as answering questions, but on the other end. Usually this is my mom's column and she asks kids about stuff; it says it's by her but actually I, Sadie, her daughter, did the interviews. I wouldn't want this as a regular gig because I only had two days to ask so many people questions, and I have to make an introduction! And if I had this as my own job, I would be the one typing, and I am a slow typer. The question is what is your favorite thing in the whole world. I know it seems a lame question but it turned out to be a cool question because I knew that these people liked this stuff, but I didn't understand why they liked it so much. But the most confusing thing of all was Mom's answer. You can read hers and you'll figure out why it was so crazy. That lady has to have some coffee!
      --Sadie

      Wolf (17): I have a few favorites.
      The limit is three.
      Ghosts scare me, so not ghosts. I don't really have many mechanical things, so not that (technology). I don't want to use too much, because it will cause global warming. So, the weather. Animals. And space.

      Why do you like the weather?
      So I know what's going to happen, like if there's a tornado coming.

      Why do you like animals?
      Some of them are nice and cuddly.

      What if they don't have fur? Do you still like them, because they're cool? He's nodding. Now, why do you like space?
      There could be aliens. There's so many stars that could have planets that could have life. We don't know, but we just guess that we're not alone. Basically my worst not favorite thing is [whispers] spiders. I don't know if it was real or not, it could have been a delusion, but one time I was thinking about spiders and then I felt like I was walking through spider webs. In the kitchen. That was like a month ago. But the best thing about my favorite things is aliens, so that they might come and blow up the school.

      Eva (10): Zelda!
      OK. Why?
      ‘Cause it’s awesome. And ‘cause it’s amazing, and awesome, and I’m playing it right now!

      No, you’re not, because I still have to interview you. When is your favorite moment in Zelda?
      When you beat a boss.

      Finn (2): Tractor. And chickens. Tractors! Cars. Cars! Eva. Eva! Eva. Eva, Eva, Eva. Orange. Cow! Monkey. Jungle.
      What’s your favorite monkey?
      Monkey! Monkey! Mon-key! Dance!

      Ella (14): My favorite thing is anime. I’m really addicted to it. It’s a Japanese art, like Spirited Away. It comforts me a lot when I’m going crazy, so it’s one thing I do is watch it every day.
      Why is it comforting?
      It’s because it’s stuff that couldn’t happen in real life, but it’s cool to think about instead of real life. And the music is in Japanese, so if it’s violent, it sounds happy, and I don’t know it’s violent.

      Isabella (10): Animals. When they’re little, they’re so cute. Like they sometimes stumble over their own legs and stuff.
      What was your best moment with animals?
      When I found three kittens in my garage.

      Did you keep them?
      One of them died. Then we kept one and we gave the other to a shelter. Is this really going to be in a magazine?

      Yes.
      I’m not sure about this! 

      Why aren’t you sure you want to be in a magazine?
      Because some people, they record things, and then they put it in a magazine in a bad way because they misunderstood. Like you could think I poisoned the kitten who died.

      Why do cute animals make you so happy?
      Do I have to explain everything?! Why do you have to make everything so complicated?!

      ‘Cause I am.
      Your hair’s in the microphone!

      No it isn’t.
      Now you’re laying on the microphone! Who is she working for? I’d like to speak to her lawyer! Don’t eat it. Sadie’s eating the recorder!

      Sadie’s Mom: Don’t do that! That’s from 1986. That’s 25 years of germs!

      Isabella and Sadie: Ewwwwwwww!


      Hi Dad. Mom told me I could do something for a newspaper article thing. I need to tell you for legal reasons that I got an app for my phone and I'm recording you. So what's your favorite thing in your whole life?
      Dad (44): My children.
       

      Why?
      Because I never know what crazy thing they're going to do next. They're strange and curious.

      Can you give me an example?
      Sure. One day I was about to have breakfast, and my ten-year-old daughter called and said she was using an app to record an interview with me, and I thought, "She's using her mind to work and expand through technology, and maybe she'll grow up to be a spy, like Jack Bauer."


      Mom, what's your favorite thing?
      Mom (43): I'm cranky right now, I haven't had my coffee. So I don't have any favorite things.

      OK, I'll call you later. My phone fell on me and I'm bleeding right now. 
      Oh, my.

      My phone fell on my lip.
      Nevertheless, as a journalist, even bleeding, you need to ask follow-up questions to get an answer out of me that you can use. It's all about the follow-up.

      I'll call you later.
      It's now or never. Live, you never get a second chance.

      OK, bye!

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      Topics: What Kids Say, aliens, School, video games, definitely not spiders

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