i first heard about “toddler interviews” a little before liam started really (correctly-pronouncing-words, forming-actual-sentences) talking — a few facebook friends had posted question templates with their toddler’s answers. being the list-making, question-asking, over-documenting person that i am, i was almost more eager for liam to finally be talking so i could interview him and capture his personality and spirit, and record his likes and dislikes, at this stage than i was for him to just, y’know, be talking.
…almost. just kidding. kind of.
fortunately for everyone involved (most especially for a certain interview-loving member of our family who will remain unnamed), the wait wasn’t too long. liam turned into quite the chatterbox almost overnight, and i love it.
- what is something that mama says to you?
i love you to the moon. that’s what mama says. i think so. i know that.
- what makes you happy?
you do, and papa do.
- what makes you sad?
getting boo boos or crying.
- what makes you laugh?
you do, and papa do.
- how old are you?
one – two – three!
- how old is mama?
eighty-four. no, grandma is. no, she is eighty-six. no, she is sixteen. you are seven.
- how old is papa?
eighteen. sixteen. nine. no, papa is… i don’t know.
- what is your favourite thing to do?
peekaboo. play toys. eat food. dancing crazy and dancing ballet. give hugs and kisses. being a big helper. go to the library and read books. say hi and goodbye and wave at everybody.
- who is your best friend?
grandma and grandpa, mama and papa.
- what are you really good at?
picking up and eating!
- what did you do today?
talk to grandma. run to the potty. got stickers. made puzzles. cooked in my kitchen. smelled flowers. coloured. played shadows. watched merlin.
- what is your favourite food?
breakfast or apples or water.
- what is your favourite song?
the toy story songs and the tangled songs.
- what is your favourite colour?
yellow and blue and black and green.
- what is your favourite animal?
my favourite animal is ribbit! i like frogs. my favourite animal is oink! i like pigs!
- what did you dream about?
mama and papa and grandma and grandpa and three uncles and animals and food. i dream about all the things. i dream about everything i like.
- what is your favourite toy?
the dinosaur puzzle and the school bus and ollie the orca. i have a lot of toys.
- what is your favourite fruit?
i like apples and cutie oranges and bananas and strawberries.
- what is your favourite book?
arthur goes to school.
- what is your favourite thing to do outside?
pick apples in the apple trees. walk in the city. play.