Sunday, March 18, 2007

A Meme

1. What is the thing that most surprises you about being a grown-up?

When I was a kid, the part about being a grown-up that I worried about most was the financial responsibilities. I worried, even as a beginning college student, that I wouldn’t make enough money for a house, a car, etc. It’s not easy, of course, but this part of being an adult is surprisingly manageable.

2. What do you miss most about being a kid?

Friends and siblings. I miss the way we had lots of secrets and how we loved to invent new games and new worlds. I miss the unfinished basements, empty houses, and secluded hedges that were our hide-outs. I miss the protective shell of a tight group of kids who loved playing together and who always looked out for each other.

3. What do you look forward to in being a senior?

Hours and hours of reading and card games. Learning to play bridge.

4. What stories do you think your kids will tell their children that they have heard from you?

I think the way I tell stories is something Easter has already picked-up. She does dramatic character voices and exaggerated narrations that remind me of me. "The TV turns human brains to mush" is a saying I’ve already heard them quote. I hope they learn The Cheerios Mouse by heart, and tell it to their own children one day. That will make it a four generation story.

5. If you could put a children’s author and an illustrator together to work on an e-book for fifth graders, who would you choose and why? (They get to write the story and design the artwork as a team.)

Karen Hesse, who writes amazing prose and poetry, and Kadir Nelson, whose art I adore. I’d let them come up with the rest—the plot, characters, setting, etc. Although, if I could give a little direction, something connected to some piece of American History would fit the fifth grade core and would be well within the scope of both these creators’ talents.


cloudscome said...

Hey! Where'd you find this meme? I think I sent these questions to Mother Reader and started it...? I was doing an interview meme and she asked me for questions and I made these up. Did you see it on her blog? LOL I can't believe I am seeing my own words on your blog and this is the first time I've been here! LOL

cloudscome said...

And I meant to say I love your answers!

amy said...

well I guess I owe a rather embarassed thank you for stealing your nice questions and using them for writing prompts---although, I guess that's exactly what makes something a meme!

cloudscome said...

You are absolutely right! It is a little thrill to me to see someone else wanted to answer those questions. It makes me smile to see something I did passed on in the blog world. I miss the closeness of my brothers and sisters too, as we had a wonderful childhood together. And I want to see Karen Hesse and Kadir Nelson work together too!