Phew – I say it every year, but this time of the year is crazy busy! It kicks my butt every time. I’m back at work (I run an after-school program at a TK-8 school) and the last month has been tons of prep and yesterday was our first day of school. Hideko is also an educator so work has been super busy for her as well, and smack in the middle of it all is Yuki’s birthday. I seriously wish I could change her birthday – maybe June? July? Even early August would be fine – she’s too young to notice, right!?
Well, somehow we have a 4 year old now. It’s pretty unbelievable. I had this idea last year to do an interview with Yuki when she turned 3 and then we’d do it every year and we could look back and see little snapshots of what she was into or some of her thoughts at the time and how she changed over time. I never actually got around to doing it last year, but I was pretty determined to do it this year. So I came up with some general questions to ask her and then I wrote up her responses exactly how she answered. I’m really excited to do this with her every year! And eventually with Kaya too.
And I’m pretty impressed with her answers . . . I’d say that most of them are pretty accurate. Except for the ones about her favorite food/dinner. Those are total BS.
Interview with Yuki – Age 4
What’s your name?
How old are you?
Where do you live?
In San Francisco
Who is in your family?
Mama, Mommy, Kaya, Yuki
What’s the best thing about your family?
Because I have four people and I always wanted to!
What’s your favorite color?
Huh. Blue! I mean yellow!
What’s your favorite song?
When the moon hits your eye
What’s your favorite food?
Green Beans! Green Beans! Broccoli. I mean, carrot sticks and broccoli.
(the kid does not actually eat green beans)
Really? Well, what’s your favorite dinner?
Carrots, broccoli, avocado!
Ok, that’s what I’m going to make for you every night!
What’s your favorite dessert?
Ice cream on a cone.
What’s your favorite TV show or movie?
My favorite movie is My Little Pony.
What activities do you like to do?
Play with My Little Pony, play kitchen, build toys and jump!
Do you like school? What’s your favorite thing about school?
Yes! Because of all my friends and they like to play with me.
How would you describe yourself? What kind of person are you?
Yuki! Happy, silly, jump, flips. Yuki!
What do you want to be when you grow up? What kind of job do you want to have?
Clean the kitchen.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Go to school.
What do you think is the most important thing in life?
Go to school.
(Those were all the questions I had originally thought up, but when I told Yuki we were done, she said she wanted more. So I quickly googled “toddler interview” for more ideas and we continued . . . )
If you could go any place, where would you want to go?
To a park.
If you could learn to do anything, what would you want to learn?
If you could grow any type of food in a garden, what would you grow?
Carrot sticks, apples, lemon, that’s all.
What is something that makes you happy?
Playing My Little Pony.
What is something that makes you sad?
Lost my balloon.
What is something you’re really good at?
What is something you want to do better?
What’s your favorite animal?
What is love?
It means you think about people.
🙂 I love this girl. Happy Birthday, kiddo.