An ode to our amazing eight year old.
This girl. Words cannot contain her. I cannot begin to describe the multi-colored rainbow of possibilities contained in this one little person. Though, of course, for our annual interview, I’ll give it a try.
She is fierce, equally passionate in all joy (her beloved kitten Anne Shirley) and all sorrow (she refused to listen to the end of Anne of Green Gables once Matthew died because, Mom, he was the best character, even better than Anne). Or, if she’s indifferent to something, it simply does not exist for her – like family dinner when she is not hungry.
She is a riot of personalities in one small, strong body, equal parts silliness (always bordering on inappropriate), somber thoughtfulness (a tender heart like her sister), and unyielding seeker of justice (say what you mean and mean what you say around this youngling or you’ll likely find yourself called out!)
Also, she refuses to be photographed without bribery or trickery.
She can make me lose my cool like no one else in the family. She can make me unspeakably proud in the very next moment. Before her stretches a year of being eight, a golden age in childhood where magic still frolics in the woods and independence is given freely.
Cheers to another year of fairy houses, dance parties, and big questions.
Now, to the interview!
2. What do you like to eat?
My favorite food is chocolate fondue with vanilla wafers, strawberries, and apples.
Her birthday dinner is actually chocolate fondue, with cheese fondue (and broccoli, sweet peppers, & meatballs) for dessert.
3. What do you dislike eating?
I really, really don’t like chili – because of all the tomatoes – or bananas.
4. What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I’m grown up, I’ll be a person who works at a pet shop, to give pets to good homes.
Mom is guessing she’ll be an attorney (due to excellent negotiation skills) or a creator of …. something (due to her unusual way of approaching and solving challenges).
5. What will you do on your birthday?
We will open presents, eat cake, play with my friends in my trampoline, and I’m going to run silly races. Oh yeah, and build an egg drop.
6. What is something unique you love about your family?
7. What is your favorite color?My favorite color is pink.
8. What is your favorite toy and why?
My favorite toy in the world was Chickie- poo, and Moosie (her reindeer) and Lamby and Bear Blankie. (all lovies since before she was one).
My least favorite toy is our set of bongo drums. Max plays them too loud.
9. Who are your best friends?
Zoe and Sophia S, Taylor and Reagan, lots of kids in my class, and of course Maya.
10. What is your favorite thing to wear?
This. (pointing to her cozy cardigan sweater).
11. What is your favorite television show? Movie?
Sponge Bob Square Pants… and Tangled.
12. What is your favorite song?
13. What is the best thing someone could give you?A pet horse.
14. If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go?
Under the sea to visit the mermaids.
15. What is one new thing you would like to try this year?
Try not to be such a cranky bottom. Cause I am, sometimes.
16. What do you like about second grade?
It’s super duper easy. And gym class is really fun!
17. Finish this sentence: the most important thing about Elliot is….
I like kittens. (pause) I like my family!
Dad says….. how she cares for her friends and family.
Maya says…. she’s really sweet and cares about frogs, and she’s also funny.
Max says… she likes to play with me.
Mom says… her one-of-a-kind perspective. Give her some quiet one-on-one time and you’ll have the most amazing conversations, I guarantee!
Watch Elliot grow through the years with these old posts.