Interview with a Six-Year-Old Birthday Boy!

I can’t count the numbIMG_4787er of  times Joe and I have looked at each other over Max’s head and exchanged that look: how can he be more charming, entertaining, and just plain fun?

I can’t count the number of  times Joe and I have looked at each other over Max’s head and exchanged that look: how can he be more charming, entertaining, and just plain fun?

I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent in my kitchen, making dinner or prepping something for Doing Good Together, while Max paces back and forth, telling me stories, imagining futures, and asking big questions.

Add to these sweet moments all of the loads of laundry he’s helped fold (towels only, of course), the tender way he cares for his pets when his sisters are away, and the nearing-infinite pages of notebook paper he’s filled up in the last year, and this kid has made us the luckiest parents in the world this year.

I also can’t count the number of times he’s watched Pokemon. Or the number of times I’ve had to say, “don’t scream, let’s solve the problem instead of getting so mad.” But on the balance, this kid is way too much fun to have around. His elementary school is going to be awfully lucky this fall.

Here’s our little guy in his own words:

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

I don’t know.

2. What are your favorite things to do?

To draw, and eat, and sleep.  I don’t do that very often though.

3. What do you like to eat?

Corn dogs and pancakes and cantaloupe and milk and pop.

4. What do you dislike eating?

Tomatoes, any kind of olive other than green, and onions.

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

I’ve been wanting to be an inventor for a long time. It started like this. So I wanted to be an inventor, and then I wanted to do a different job because I thought inventor wouldn’t work out. Then I wanted to be a spaceship guy, but that didn’t work out for me either. Making all of those books was fun. And then I wanted to be an inventor again forever and ever.

6. What will/did you do to celebrate your birthday?

We ate donuts, went bowling, went swimming (!!! said in a singing voice), and had my favorite burrito.

7. What is your favorite color?

Orange.

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

Imagining and drawing. And playing with my sisters.

9. What is your favorite thing to wear?

My Pokemon shirts. I have like three of them.

10. What is your favorite television show? Movie?

Can I say three of them? I like Lab Rats, Pokemon, and Digimon.

11. What is your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Three Things by Jon Muth.

12. What is your favorite song?

She sets the City on Fire.

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

More Pokemon cards.

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

New York City!! (the greatest city in the world)

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

I’d like to learn about other countries and other places.

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

When I’m as old as Maya I’d like to learn engineering and science and stuff. Sign me up for that.

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

Inventing and partying, yah, yah, yah. I’ll be having a party with all my robots. (all said with fist bumps and air guitar).

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

I don’t know. I think I do well at school.

19. What has this past year taught you about life?

I don’t know… not to hurt the forests, to save water, and to help people?

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

I have a big imagination. And I’m kind.

According to Maya, the most important thing about Max is that he’s silly and goes along with things and is a good leader.

According to Elliot, the most important thing about Max is that he always plays with me.

According to his father, the most important thing about Max is his sense of humor, inventive imagination, and his sweet hugs and kisses at the end of each day.

And according to his mother, the most important thing about Max is the way he asks questions constantly. Every new word, every idea he’s unsure about, every invention he’s working on in his notebook comes with a new set of questions. It keeps us all curious.

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