There’s nothing like some good conversation over hot fudge sundaes to make my week.
me: Milkshake or sundae?
Bear: Sundae. Probably ’cause I’m eating one.
me: Okay, sneakers or flip flops?
me: Book or movie?
Bear: Book. Definitely book.
me: What is the best example of a book/movie combo?
Bear: The Hunger Games.
me: You like the book better than the movie?
Bear: Yes. A lot better.
me: I did, too! So…right now, what is your biggest worry?
Bear: If you and dad ever die. Like, if you would die before I was in college.
me: You know, I think that’s a pretty typical worry for someone your age. What always makes you smile?
me: What?! No…
Bear: (laughs) Yes.
me: What’s a piece of good advice you’ve gotten this year?
Bear: To write a journal.
me: What volunteer activity would you like to do?
Bear: Basketball coach.
me: What’s the most memorable thing about finishing up elementary school? It’s a big milestone.
Bear: A good memory or a bad memory?
me: Either one. Or both.
Bear: Um…let’s go with the good memory. Ms. Reich. (giggles) Throwing stuff at the children.
me: She’s the best. That’s what you’re gonna remember the most?
me: All right. You get to make a school rule for the fifth grade. What would it be? (extremely long pause) That one’s stumping you, huh?
Bear: Don’t be a bully. There’s a lot of bullies.
me: Okay, here’s my last one. Name something you’re good at.
me: Time for Flip the Interview! You get a question.
Bear: Have you ever wanted to go see where you were born?
me: Yes! Yeah. I really have. And for a little while there that was a real sadness for me, ’cause I thought I’m never gonna see where I was born. Now…I’m a little hopeful that maybe someday things will be peaceful enough in the Philippines that I could go just to see what grandma and grandpa have always talked about.
me: But, you know, that’s one of those hopeful things. We’ll see if it happens.