Interview with a 12-Year-Old

Inklings has been silent, during this past year. But it’s livening back up for Maya’s annual interview. Maya's birthday pics (2)

Maya’s eleventh year was full of big ideas, thoughtful questions, goofy laughs, and fast feet. She continued competitive clogging, with competitions in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Nebraska. She explored middle school opportunities, like quiz bowl and battle of the books. And she learned about the world of politics, stepping in to defend common decency when necessary. Since November, we’ve all had to be more assertive.

Maya clogged her way through family dinners. She clogged her way through the halls of middle school. She has even clogged while tidying up the goat barn or walking the trail through the woods.

The thunderous rhythm of her enthusiasm echoes in her other passions as well, including social justice and animal rights, her friends, her favorite classes. We’re so lucky to have her, and so thankful to accompany her on her enthusiastic and wonder-filled tour De force.

Here’s my girl in her own words

1. Tell me what was great about the year you were eleven?

Some things that were great… it was the first year of middle school and there were a lot of clogging competitions.

IMG_16492. What are your favorite things to do?

Some things I love to do are clogging, playing with my goats and other pets, and reading.

3. What do you like to eat?

I like to eat puff corn and pesto cheese tortellini with tomatoes and watermelon.

4. What do you dislike eating?

I dislike eating meat and mushrooms. That’s about it.

5. What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be an animal rights activist and a veterinarian and an animal rights lawyer.

Maya's birthday pics (1)6. What will/did you do to celebrate your birthday?

With my family we had a super fun water fight, and went to see Captain Underpants, and had a really nice dinner by the river. With my friends we will have a sleep over on the last day of school and see Wonder Woman.

7. What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is blue.

8. What things do you like to do for fun?

I love to clog, write, read, play with my pets, play with my siblings, and have karaoke battles with my family. Not battles, just singing.

9. What is your favorite thing to wear?

My favorite thing to wear is the new dress I got from Grandma for my birthday.

10. What is your favorite television show? Movie?

Gilmore Girls! I’ve watched so many good movies this year, it’s really hard to pick one. I’m obsessed with Saturday Night Live.

11. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Hired Girl, about a girl in the late 1800s who runs away from home.

12. What is your favorite song?

Anything from Hamilton. 

13. What is the best thing someone could give you?

The end of animal abuse. Or the key to ending animal abuse. Or the whole world going vegan.

14. If you could go anywhere in the world to visit, where would you go?

At home in the hammock when it’s sunny outside.

15. What is one new thing you would like to try this year?

I want to make another clogging solo. And I want to learn a new language, like Norwegian.

16. What would you like to be doing 5 years from now?

I’ll be 17, so I can work at an animal shelter and places.

17. What would you like to be doing 10 years from now?

I’ll be 22, whoa. I want to be in college.

18. What moment from the last year makes you most proud?

Probably, being at the clogging competition and getting overall awards. And this whole year has been really happy and made me proud.

mayas-favorite-quote.jpg19. What has this past year taught you about life?

You can always find peace somewhere.

20. Finish the sentence, “the most important thing about Maya is…”

She will work to end animal abuse no matter what.

According to her sister, the most important thing about Maya is that she always let’s me pick the game we play. And she’s obsessed with clogging.

According to her brother, the most important thing about Maya is she plays with me.

According to her father, the most important thing about Maya is the excitement that she brings to everything she does.

And according to her mother, the most important thing about Maya is her eagerness to try something new, her enthusiasm for the world, and her wild sense of humor.


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