It was hilarious and enlightening and not always comfortable.
Here is Hannah's transcript.
1. What is something I always say to you?
“Hannah is that what you want to be doing today? Is there anything that you want to do today? Or tomorrow?”
Are you glad I ask you those things?
“I’m glad you ask me sometimes and other times it annoys me.”
When does it annoy you?
“When it feels like you don’t see why I’m doing it – like when I don’t feel good – or sometimes you don’t see what is good in what I’m doing and I wish you did.” (She’s talking about when she went through a phase of loving the Disney show Jessie.)
2. What makes me happy?
“People helping you out around the house and keeping the house clean.” (This answer REALLY surprised me.)
What makes YOU happy?
“The right type of music. Pie. Cupcakes. Brownies. Brownies make you happy too.”
3. What makes me sad?
“When your dog dies. Staying up late. Well, actually it’s sleeping in because you stayed up late.
Sometimes when you’re wanting us to be into a craft and we aren’t you can get sad.
Stuff getting ruined 5 seconds after you buy it.”
4. How do I make you laugh?
4. How do I make you laugh?
“Scaring me. That’s always good fun. Good jokes. “
5. What was I like as a child?
“I know that you had nightmares about your mom. I know that your mom really liked Christmas.”
8. What is my favorite thing to do?
“Do stuff with your kids.”
9. What do I do when you’re not around?
“That depends. Well... Am I ever not around? Oh, once, years ago, Daddy took me to Grandma’s house and you and Ainsley stayed home and you took her to a museum and learned stuff about frogs. Other than that, I don’t know. I try not to snoop too much.”
10. If I become famous, what will it be for?
“Probably the biggest personal library ever.”
If you become famous, what will it be for?
“Probably for violin or piano. But I need to practice a LOT more.”
11. What am I really good at?
“You’re really good at reading, spelling, and making boo-boos go away. You’re really good at making people happy.”
What are you really good at?
“I feel like I’m really good at music and cooking. I feel like I have a knack for it. I also have a big vocabulary.”
12. What am I not very good at?
“You are not really good at parkour. Like, you’re really bad.”
What are you not very good at?
“I am not very good with Windows 8 on my new computer. It’s my nemesis.”
13. What do I do for a job?
“You do medical transcription.”
14.What is my favorite food?
“Your favorite food is brownies.”
15. What makes you proud of me?
“Just you being you.”
But that’s not a thing!
“I know, but I don’t want you to think you have only one particular quality. But if I had to pick one it’s that you work really hard and try to complete stuff.”
16. If I were a cartoon character, who would I be?
“You want me to tell you who Zander would be? The Sparky Sparky Boom Boom guy in Avatar. The one who blows everyone up.”
OK, but what about me?
“Speaking of cartoon characters, know what bugs me? Why Cookie Monster doesn’t eat cookies all the time anymore. Why they make him eat vegetables all the time now. He’s Cookie. Monster. COOKIE. Monster. Not Vegetable Monster, not Make Parents Happy Monster. He’s COOKIE Monster.”
*give her a look*
“OK, does it have to be a cartoon character or can it be any movie character?”
Anybody, I guess?
“OK, then it would be Annie. She has a hard time but she thinks about other people and tries to help them out and works toward her goal of finding her parents. Well, you know who your parents are, but you work towards your goals"
17. What do you and I do together?
“Out of all the things we do together, we probably go to restaurants on Mommy and Daughter dates and do crafts together the most."
18. How are you and I the same?
“We have a lot of the same temperament. We have the same hair color. We’re both human, so we have the same bodies. “
19. How are you and I different?
19. How are you and I different?
“I guess I have an easier time with my temperament because you’re helping me while I’m growing up and you’re having to learn it yourself at the same time.”
20. How do you know I love you?
“You give me hugs and kisses.
You know who Zander would be if he were an animal? A rhinoceros. You know, because he charges around everywhere.
Oh, sorry, what was your question?
That’s another way we’re the same. My brain keeps bouncing back and forth.”
How do you know I love you?
“I guess I just know. It’s hard to miss. It’s just in my cells.”
21. What is the greatest thing about your life?
“My life. It’s just great.”
Can you pinpoint anything? Close your eyes and picture the best thing.
*giggles hysterically* “My family. Bella. (Starts tearing up.) She’s still a good thing about my life even if she’s gone.”
22. What is something in your life you'd like to get rid of?
“Our small house. I’d really like to get into a big house.
If I could get rid of something else, I’d probably try to get rid of Dad’s farts. Are you with me?”
23. If I could be with you more, what would you like for us to do?
“We’d probably have way more Mommy-Daughter dates. I’d really like that.”
What do you like about Mommy-Daughter dates?
“We get to be just the two of us and bond more. “
What would you like to do on the Mommy-Daughter dates?
“Just be together.”
24. Would you like to do more fun things, or less fun things than we do now?
“I think I’d like to do more fun things. I think I’d like to do crafts and stuff like that.”
But a lot of times when I suggest crafts, you don’t want to do them.
“It’s because the craft room is so unorganized and cluttered. It saps my will to live. I mean create. It saps my will to create.”
25. How is your life different from other people your age?
“I don’t go to school.”
26. How would you change your life, if you could?
“I’d change it so Bella would be back. I’d make our family rich.”
Why would you make our family rich?
“Well, because we have a few limitations on our homeschooling because of it, so I think if we were rich, we’d be able to expand ourselves.”
What would you do if you were rich?
“I’d get some cool craft supplies. Dad wants to get a motorcycle, so I’d get him that. And he wouldn’t have to work, so that would be great. I’d travel to Paris, France. Plus, I’d be going to Hawaii and Ireland and searching for the famous Loch Ness Monster.”
27. What's the greatest thing about your family?
“We laugh together a LOT. We don’t fight very much at all. I’m not saying we don’t get upset with each other, but we treat each other nice and my friends have a lot of problems in their families and they love their parents but they don’t LIKE them and that makes me sad.”
28. The worst (thing about your family)?
“The fact that our attitudes are totally different. Well, that’s actually a good thing because we see things from different angles which makes us all have a better life. But sometimes it can be bad when we clash like when Dad wants everything clean but Ainsley and Zander are like “CHARGE!!!” and spreading mess everywhere. But he is good at keeping the house clean, so that’s not too bad.”
29. If you had more love in your life, that would mean....
“I’m not so sure if I COULD have more love in my life. You and Dad already love me to the limit.”
30. Is there anything you’d like to change about homeschooling?
“I’d really like to live somewhere that I don’t feel so cooped up. I’d like to live where there are more homeschoolers. That would be nice.”
Is there anything I can do while we’re in this house to help you with homeschooling?
“Give me a chore.”
Give you a chore?
“Yeah, like give me a chore that I’d have to do.”
How would that help homeschooling?
“It would help me get off my bed and get moving.”
“Goodbye and this is the end.”