By Stephanie Guarda
Now that we are in our twenties, life seems hard. There are so many adult problems. I’ve sulked from time to time (and admit it… you have, too.) “I don’t wanna be an adult!” I interviewed a kindergartner, my friend Ellie, to remind us what it was like when we were six years old: when the world didn’t have any limits, when anything was possible and everything was magical. And there was lots of glitter. As we grow up, I feel we should always remember that hopeful spark.
I visited Ellie at her quaint, cozy bedroom accented with pink and purple Hello Kitty decor. She took time out of her hectic schedule of playing outside and watching the Disney channel to speak to me while she was coloring. Here is the transcript from our interview.
S: What grade are you in?
S: What is your favorite hobby?
E: Doing crafts with my friends.
S: What is your favorite food?
E: Broccoli with cheese, steak and potatoes, or quesadillas AND sour cream. Did you write sour cream? Sour cream!
S: What’s your favorite computer game?
E: Sushi Cat 2. I beat the whole game.
S: What’s the first step in making cupcakes?
E: Get all the ingredients.
S: Who is the President of the United States?
E: Rock Bama.
S: What age do you wish you were?
S: What are you going to be when you grow up?
E: A doctor, a teacher, a vet, a librarian, and work at LEGO, and be a police officer, and hide eggs at Easter.
S: How are you going to have time for all of this?
E: After one job, go to the next job, until it’s dark.
S: What will you look like when you’re an adult?
E: Wear high heels and have pink and blue dye in my hair.
S: What kind of pets do you want to have?
E: A little kitten, 20,000 dogs, and hamsters.
S: What are you going to name your kids?
E: Gertie is going to be a girl’s name, and Jason is my boy’s name.
S: Where are you going to live?
E: In this big of a house (extends arms out all the way) and a big backyard.
S: Are you going to get married?
S: What do you want your husband to be like?
E: I don’t know.
S: How much money will you make?
E: One hundred thousand thousand thousand and two dollars. (The interviewer was not sure how to translate that into a numerical value.)
S: What are you saving your allowance for?
E: A car.
S: If you could buy anything in the world, what would it be?
E: A big house, and a GPS for my car.
S: What’s the worst problem you could have?
E: If my friends called me a bad word.
S: What do you think is the best way to help people?
E: As a vet or a nurse. I would tell the grownups what was wrong and the truth.
S: What would make everyone get along in the world?
E: A grownup would say, ‘would you give her a chance for a minute?’ You could still be friends with someone by giving them one more chance.
S: What is the future like?
E: Kind of silly and stuff.
At the conclusion of our chat, I thanked Ellie and told her I had a lot of fun. And then Miss Ellie replied, “No, it was SUPER AWESOME! Are you like gonna put this on the Internet and stuff?”