me: So what’s your favorite subject so far?
T-man: Math. That is definitely math.
me: What’s the most important school supply you have?
T-man: (laughs) That little fold up binder thing that I have that you bought me. (a Trapper Keeper)
me: And…if you could sub for a teacher for one day, who would it be and why?
T-man: The Spanish teacher because I do not care for her at all so I would get rid of her in any way possible.
[Well then, it looks like we’re off to a good start.]
me: Okay! Moving on. What’s the funniest thing that happened to you in the last week?
T-man: Um. Probably telling that joke to kids. The joke that I had yesterday.
me: Okay – do you want to remind me of the joke so I can put it on the blog?
T-man: Alright. What do you call three bunnies hopping backwards? You call them a receding hairline.
me: Still funny! What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen someone eat at lunchtime?
T-man: Peanut butter on pizza.
me: Okay, that’s weird.
T-man: Yeah, it is weird!
me: What’s it like having Bear at the middle school?
T-man: It doesn’t really seem very different. The only time I’ve seen her is at dismissal.
me: You don’t see her during the day?
T-man: Nope, not once yet.
me: How does being in seventh grade feel different to you?
T-man: Not much different because we have the same schedule…it’s just the teachers. All the things we did in sixth grade, since I was advanced we did seventh grade stuff so we’re basically going right back through sixth grade.
me: So you’re in the review part right now?
T-man: Yeah. So far.
me: Well, good. Let’s hope you move out of that soon. What’s the last dream you remember having? I forget my dreams really easy so this might be hard.
T-man: I don’t remember.
me: Do you dream?
T-man: Yes, I do dream.
me: Do you forget them the next day?
T-man: I forget them after ten minutes the next day. I can’t do this one. Sorry.
me: That’s okay. What’s a book or book series you’d recommend for other kids your age?
T-man: The Tides of War series.
me: Why do you think they’d like it?
T-man: Well, this generation is kind of, like, Call of Duty video games and it’s kind of a Call of Duty kind of thing. It’s a war, so you have guys out there, you have a commander, and it’s kind of intense.
me: Okay. What music gets the most play time with you?
T-man: Rap music.
me: Do you have any favorite artists?
T-man: Uh, probably Lil Uzi Vert.
me: Okay…Lil Oozy Vurt? I can probably google that. [And I did. The spelling above is correct.]
me: All right, flip the interview, you get one question.
T-man: Um…how do you feel about me getting Xbox Live? (laughs)
me: Uh, honestly? I’m torn.
T-man: How are you torn?
me: I’m torn because I understand wanting something – we all have things that we want – but I’m not sure I understand…
me: No, no, no, because that’s not important. You don’t understand why I want the things I want, that’s not it. I wonder what you’re gonna get out of it. Sometimes things that we do are purely relaxing and not meant to…there’s no “purpose.” That can be video games. I don’t really buy into the whole it-improves-your-eye-hand-coordination concept. I really think it’s just kind of a way to enjoy your down time.
T-man: That’s fair.
me: I worry that Xbox Live will kind of suck you in, and you’ll find yourself playing more video games. Also, it sucks the bandwidth out of the house. Sluuuurrrp, gone!
T-man: Yeah, I know, right? Speaking of, I’m going to go play Xbox Live.
me: Okay. Thank you!