Monday, 28 October 2013
Can We Do It About Bones?
After giving some thought to today's post, I decided to let my niece, KiKi, write the blog. That is, I'd interview her, and the post would not only be about her, but by her. You might call it her first blog entry via dictation. :-)
She came on the line this evening quite excited. Her mother had given her the heads-up.
"Aunty, I'm gonna help you write your blog! Can we do it about bones?"
"What about bones? Do you think you have enough to tell me about bones?"
"Oh, okay. Begin please."
"If you didn't have bones in your body then you'd just fall down. Wherever the place you are in, you would just fall down. Your whole body would fall down if the bones were out of your body. If you were pretending and you were galloping like a horse, then if somebody took out all of your bones, you would just fall down! Like this!"
We're not moving on until you imagine the fall. Lol!
Done? Okay. Good.
She continued, "And guess what? You know what? You know what? It's guessing time! What protects your body?"
In my defence, I was tired. "Umm, your muscles and your flesh?"
"No. Your ribs!"
"Ok. Great. So, what else do you want to talk about? What do you want to be when you grow up?"
"I would like to be a teacher!"
"Yes! I would like to be a teacher."
"You know why?"
"No, I don't."
"Do I have to tell you why?"
"Yes." (Given that this was an interview and all.)
"When you are a teacher, you have lots of kids. But your kids might be in a different class."
I'm not sure what the grand idea behind this was. Whether she was looking forward to not teaching her own kids... I got nothin'.
I asked, "Is there anything else that is appealing to you about being a teacher?"
"When you're a teacher, you are helping kids learn and read and do their numbers. That's what happens when you're in SK. But when you're just new to your school, that makes you a JK. You do your shapes. The parents wait in the hall to wait to talk to the teachers. The kids get to go in the classroom -"
"You mean to see what the classroom is like?" I interjected.
"Yeah. If they like the classroom, they stay."
"I don't think they have a choice."
"No. They do not have a choice! They do not have a choice."
"Did you learn about bones today?"
"Let me tell you about my childhood!"
Did she just totally ignore the interviewer's question? It reminded me of a story I'd heard back in high school. A student was preparing for her French history orals and practiced everything to talk about the Princes of France. When she got to the room, the examiner let her know that the topic was about the Kings of France. She replied, "The Kings of France were great...but let's talk about the Princes!" Lol! I love that joke!
Anyway, KiKi continued, "When I was just zero years old, I was just little. I was just a little, little, little baby. And, I was from Jamaica."
"Is there anything special that you remember from your childhood?"
"I was two years old in Canada."
I think we're on the same page.
"I'll tell you something about winter."
Apparently, we're not. "Sure, go ahead."
"I used to like winter. But, now when winter is coming, I hear Mommy, [in her best impersonation complete with faux Jamaican accent and her mother in the same room] "I don't like di winter. I want summer; I don't like di winter, I want summer." I guess she wants to go back to Jamaica. What I like about winter? I was building a snowman. I said to myself, "Why is there so many [sic] snow?" And then I was digging and I saw grass. It was winter, but the grass was dead."
"Can I tell you about my holiday?"
"My favourite holiday is Christmas! You know why? Because of the beautiful lights on the trees. And, Jesus was born."
Then, I kid you not, Kiki broke into song:
"There's lights on the tree!
Lights on the tree!
Hey ho cheerio,
There's lights on the tree!
And presents are on the way!
The presents are on the way!
Hey ho cheerio,
The presents are on the way!"
I composed myself enough to tell her that was a great place to wrap up, and I thanked her kindly for her time.
"You're welcome, Aunty! Muahh!"
It was a pleasure to dedicate this month to KiKi. She is a delight to be around. I'm also thankful to her parents - my sis and BIL - who share her with me; with us!
Love you, sweetie! #FeelTheLove