I got this from Rational Jenn. It's an interview to do with your children. I asked my 7 yr-old for his answers first, and then went through them with my 12-yr old daughter. I had her look away from the computer screen so she wouldn't see his answers.
What is something dad always says to you?
Him: "Do your work"
Her: Phrases in French.
(Hey, I gotta use it or lose it.)
What makes dad happy?
Him: The computer.
Her: Quiet kids, a full stomach, and a good nap.
What makes dad sad?
Him: Je ne sais pas.
(That's one of those French phrases they hear a lot. He's made it his own.)
Her: A hungry stomach, tired eyes, and noisy kids.
How does your dad make you laugh?
Him: Real funny jokes.
Her: Stories of his childhood, and some of his jokes.
(Emphasis hers. She doesn't appreciate my sense of humor as much as he does.)
What was your dad like as a child?
Him: Kind of mischievous.
Her: A good kid on the whole, but sometimes very difficult.
(Obviously, I'm telling them the wrong childhood stories.)
How old is your dad?
Him: Ummmm… I think he is in his 40s.
How tall is your dad?
Him: A little smaller than a door.
Her: Between four and five feet—more likely closer to five feet.
(I'm a good bit shorter than a door, but I'm not that damned short. To be precise, I'm 5'-6.5".) ;)
What is his favorite thing to do?
Him: (Exasperatedly.) Play on the computer! (Parenthetically.) And read books.
Her: Play on the computer.
Did you peek at his answer? No, I just searched among your habits, and the first thing that came up was computer.
(Well, there you go.)
What does your dad do when you're not around?
Him: (Asks for clarification. Asks what ‘clarification' means.) Hang out with mom.
Her: I don’t know, we’re never around.
If your dad becomes famous, what will it be for?
Him: Je ne sais pas.
Her: For protecting his family against danger.
(I can see the headline: Man Shoots Intruder to Protect Family. Rather amusing, since I've tried to keep the presence of a gun here on the down low.)
What is your dad really good at?
Her: Playing D&D.
(Yeah... I'm just bursting with talent.)
What is your dad not very good at?
Him: Fixing different sort of stuff, I guess.
Like? The kitchen light.
Her: Doing a handstand.
(Yeah, I like her answer better.)
What does your dad do for his job?
Him: Teaches school at the house.
Her: He takes care of us kids while Mom’s at work.
What is your dad's favorite food?
Him: Stuff with low calories and salads.
(Sigh. No, not really.)
Her: I don’t know. What is your favorite food? Grandma’s food?
What makes you proud of your dad?
Him: He’s there when I always need help.
Her: He’s a Mr-Fix-It that we don’t have to pay.
(Thank you, baby.)
Him: Except the kitchen light.
If your dad were a cartoon character, who would he be?
Him: (Lots of discussion trying to sort this question. We don’t have satellite, so he doesn’t watch lots of cartoons.) Buzz.
Her: Bugs Bunny.
(Eh, what's up, Doc?)
What do you and your dad do together?
Him: Sometimes target practice, which I’d like to do today. I’m getting rusty on it.
Her: We play board games, and we have heart-to-heart conversations.
How are you and your dad the same?
Him: We’re both boys.
Her: We both have brown eyes and hot tempers.
How are you and your dad different?
Him: Well, there’s our hair, names, and uh, ages.
Her: He’s a grown man with a beard, and I’m a young twelve-year-old girl. And I’m not so into history as he is.
(They're very literal-minded.)
How do you know your dad loves you?
Him: Because he’s my dad!
(Duh! Don't all dad's love their children??)
Her: I know from his want to take care of me; the way he takes me to places that I like to go; and the way he gives me hugs and kisses when I need them, or want them.
What does your dad like most about your mom?
Him: They’re a couple.
Her: I think you like her just for being who she is.
Where is your dad's favorite place to go?
Him: Grandma and Grandpa’s.
Her: The library, the bookstore, and houses of friends and relatives.
*It's a joke!
Not really. :(
Yes, it is. :)