(APADO is my blog series thingie that has me blogging once a day for the entire month of October. I’m so close to winning, I’m scared to fail.)
(And while we’re talking about kids…)
My little sister is quite the character. She has a rough time, being the youngest of seven kids (and there’s an enormous age gap – there’s no one between me and her). She catches her fun where she can, though, and she’s definitely a light in my life.
I want to say how much I appreciate her, so I decided to give her a time to shine. To talk about herself. To showcase what a cool person she is. And honestly she’s such an actor that it’s almost too cute but since when has that stopped me before?
This is, without further adieu, an interview with Emily. Any mid-interview comments will be in italics.
Me: *setting up camera*
Emily: What are you doing?
Me: Would you like to do an interview with me for my blog?
Emily: How…do I do it?
Me: I just ask you questions and you answer them.
Me: You wanna do that?
Me: So – we’re going to pretend that I’m a newspaper interviewer and I don’t know anything about you. Because I do kind of know some of this stuff. I just want you to say it in your own words. Does that make sense?
Emily: Mmm-hmm *already bored*
Me: So. Ahem. What’s your name?
Emily: Emily Or’El.
Me: Wow, what does Or’El mean?
Emily: *thinks* I don’t know.
Or’El is Hebrew for “light of God” btw.
Emily: *also laughing*
Me: What grade are you in?
Me: Can I talk to you about school?
Emily: *thinks* Like what?
Me: *laughing again, it’s impossible not to laugh around her* What’s your school like?
It’s kind of a joke between her and I that Mama is the answer to everything. Any question can be answered with Mama.
Emily: *also laughing*
Me: No really, what’s your school like?
Emily: Mmmmm…I like it. I like Language Arts the best.
she’ll make a great writer someday >:)
Me: That’s awesome! What’s your least favorite subject?
Me: *trying not to laugh* What do you not like about it?
Emily: Mmmmm…*thinks* It’s too easy.
Me: *laughing, but mostly because this kid has beasted me and she’s less than half my age* Uh, what are your days like?
Emily: Mmmmm…*thinking again* Wake up, play with Emunah, drive them to Odessa, drive Tess to the barn…mmmm…go home, do JOS, aaand…go get Tony, drop Tony off, and go to bed. And read.
I feel so bad for her. Her days are tough. She rides around in the car a lot because us abusive big kids have places to be. What a little trooper.
Also, Emunah and Moses are my sister’s kids who come over to play while she’s at work. They live 20ish minutes away.
Me: What’s your favorite part of them?
Emily: *thinks* Reeeeeead.
Me: Like, before bed?
Me: What’s your least favorite part of your days?
Emily: Going to sleeeeeep.
Me: *laughing because she’s making a neurotic face that indicates the amount of crazy I’ve rubbed off onto her*
Me: What do you like to play? Like with Emunah or with me or…whatever.
Emily: RUN RUN RUN.
Me: “Run run run”? How? Like, tell me more.
Emily: *thinking* Mmmmm…race.
Me: Race. Um…who are your friends? Like, who do you consider to be your friends?
Emily: Mama, Tess, and Tony.
Me: Awww *touched that I’m so high on the list*
Emily: And Avi. And Noah and Isaiah. And Madison.
Me: Madison! I have a friend named Madison.
Emily: Nooooo the Madison next doooooor.
Me: I don’t think we’re talking about the same Madison.
Madison Grace Lorfing I am looking at you madame
Me: Let’s see…what do you do when you’re alone?
Emily: Mmmmmm….*thinks for a really long time* Play Little Rabbits.
House term for Calico Critters. I actually walked in on her playing with them when I started the interview.
Me: Um…do you like Chase?
Emily: Mmmm-hmmm. Chaaaaase!
Me: Which Chase are we talking about?
Her dog is named Chase, and he’s named after her favorite character in PAW Patrol. Gotta get things clear here.
Emily: MY Chase.
Me: Uh…what’s your favorite movie?
Emily: Mmmm…Journey Beyond Sodor.
JBS is a Thomas and Friends movie.
Me: Aaand what’s your favorite TV show?
She’s wearing a Thomas t-shirt. Go figure.
Me: Do you like any other TV shows?
Emily: PAW Patrol. And Clifford and Busytown. And Barney.
Me: Ahmmmm…will you sing for me?
Emily: *shakes head* MMM-MMM.
Me: *laughs at failed attempt* Uhm, do you have any hobbies?
Emily: *thinks* Run. Race with Siggy.
Sigma is my sister’s Boston Terrier – Chihuahua mix. She has so much energy. But Emily keeps up with her.
Emily: Mmmmm…play dolls. And play play play!
Me: *laughing* Was this interview fun?
Emily: *thinks* Yaaaaash.
Me: Is it fun to talk about yourself?
Me: *laughing* Would you please stop doing that.
At this point, she’s remembered that I’m filming her and that she can be cute and get away with it.
Me: You’re too cute, okay? Oh, one last thing – will you show me the way you do Chase’s “PAW Patrol, ready for action”?
Emily: *thinks about it*
Me: Please? Please please please?
Emily: Okay. *imitates Chase* PAW Patrol, ready for action, Ryder sir!
And then she proceeded to lick me.
I wonder where she gets that weird sense of humor?
Sometimes I take Emily for granted, or don’t appreciate the little things she does that make my life more fun. Sometimes I let things get in the way of spending time with her. Sometimes I deserve the Crummy Older Sister Of The Year Award™.
But to be honest, I think we all do that to some degree.
Enjoy your little siblings, if you have them. Love them. Care for them. Be interested in what they’re doing. They’re little people in their own right and will surprise you with how complex they are.
I know I’ve been bad about it recently.
And that’s something I don’t want to admit, but I want to fix.
Sayonara for now,