Friday, October 14, 2011

On being ambushed and interrogated by nine-year-olds

GIRL IN PINK: Hello, what are you taking a picture of?

ME: The school.

GIRL IN PINK: Why?

ME: Because this used to be my school. A long time ago.

GIRL IN PURPLE: Why is she taking a picture?

GIRL IN PINK: Because this used to be her school. A long time ago.

ME: Maybe someday this will be your school too?

GIRL IN PINK: Yeah, but in a really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really long time. We're only in the third grade.

GIRL IN PURPLE: Even if I should be in the fourth grade, because I am nine.

GIRL IN PINK: But you're in the third grade.

GIRL IN PURPLE: But I'm nine. Because my mom says so. And she knows better than anyone. There's this girl that says that I'm only seven or six, but I'm not.

GIRL IN PINK: What is she talking about? You're not!

GIRL IN PURPLE: And I'm moving in just five weeks and that's not a long time.

ME: No, that's not...

GIRL IN PINK: What's your name?

ME: It's..

GIRL IN PURPLE: How old are you?

ME: I'm twenty-fi...

GIRL IN PINK: Do you have any kids?

ME: No.

GIRL IN PURPLE: Do you have a mommy?

ME: Yes.

GIRL IN PINK: Are you married?

ME: No.

GIRL IN PURPLE: What's your mommy's name?

GIRL IN PINK: Why don't you have kids?

GIRL IN PURPLE: Do you have a husband?

GIRL IN PINK: She doesn't have a husband.

GIRL IN PURPLE: Oh. Why don't you get married to your boyfriend?

ME: Well, I don't...

GIRL IN PINK: When will you have kids?

ME: I don't know if I'll...

GIRL IN PINK: You must have kids! It's much funner with kids!

ME: Funnier. It's much funnier.... And some people don't want kids or don't want to get married.

GIRL IN PINK: Don't you want to get married?!

ME: I don't know, maybe, someday.

GIRL IN PURPLE: What's your boyfriend's name?

ME: I don't have...

GIRL IN PINK: Do you work?

ME: Not right now, no.

GIRL IN PINK: Good! Because then you can stay at home with the kids, while your husband works!

ME: Now, hang on. It's a good things for mommies to work too, you know. Then you can make your own money, and do something worthwhile and fun with your life.

GIRL IN PURPLE: My teacher works all the time, she is really awesome! She makes trees out of paper.

ME: That's great!

GIRL IN PURPLE: And then we can make them too, because she shows us how.

GIRL IN PINK: But we're done with making those now. So will you think about having kids?

ME: I'll think about it.

GIRL IN PINK: Think hard about it, okay?

10 comments:

Rev Rosey said...

That's hilarious and very, very familiar.

M.J. Nicholls said...

Were there really thirty-six reallys? Really? Really? And why don't you have kids? Really?

Jenny said...

LOL! That completely made my morning! :)

Jan Morrison said...

Out of the mouths of babes shall come the blistering truth. Well, their's anyway. Love this. Kids do make things funner and funnier but also sadder and saddier.

Raige Creations said...

that is the best story I have heard lately. I love talking to kids. they are so interesting! and their honesty if great, usually. :)

Melody said...

This...is awesome. :)

Cruella Collett said...

There really were 36 reallys. I swear.

Tundiel said...

Really?

*shifty*

This made me laugh. And it's very similar to the conversations I have with my own nine year old most days...

K A B L O O E Y said...

Leave it to the little girl dressed in pink to fall back on old gender stereotypes. Next time look for the little girl in the black trench coat.

Cruella Collett said...

Next time look for the little girl in the black trench coat.

That'd be me, actually...

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