WEEK three of Naomi of Seven Cherubs’ Cherish Your Cherubs project is to interview your child/dren. It follows Week 1: Record and Week 2: Remember. My day job, when I’m not wiping bums and faces, is a journalist and PR consultant. So you’d think I’d be OK with this one. Think again.
I’ve been blessed to chat to all manner of people from big name musicians to TV and film stars and comedians. None of them compare to the diva that is Princess Ella. After discovering the hidden dictaphone, she even went on to demand a rider with orange juice and blue M&Ms. Well, maybe not.
I had every intention of uploading the audio from my dictaphone for you all to hear, but it took six goes to get the transcript below and I’m sure you don’t want to sit through ALL that. So, here’s the edited version of the interview conducted while overlooking a Father’s Day card she made at childcare (aka “school’’):
Kel: What was your favourite part of Father’s Day?
Ella: (screams) The PRESENTS. And the cupcake.
Kel: Did you know your Dad was named in the top 5 Mentally Sexy Dads today? What do you think about that?
Ella: (shyly) Good.
I explain how special it is that others now know what we’ve always known about him. Oh, and that it also now means he’s won a special new Dyson vacuum.
Ella: (excitement becomes too much) Woohoo!
Kel: Are you going to use it?
Ella: Yessssss!! (jumps up and down as if she’s just scored herself a new toy. If only she’d have the same amount of enthusiasm for a vacuum in a few years time).
Kel: What do you love most about your dad?
Ella: I love to have kisses with him and cuddles. He’s good at playing Snap and pass the parcel.
Kel (looking over the Father’s Day cards she made): What’s your favourite colour?
Ella: (points at the card) That colour, that colour and that colour.
Kel: Haven’t you been doing colours at school?
Ella: Yes. (Does Auslan sign language for pink and for purple. This is a good segway into emotions, which she’s also learnt through Auslan)
Kel: What makes you sad?
Ella: When I crash on something.
Kel: What makes you angry?
Ella: When Daddy talks on the phone and he doesn’t hear me.
Kel: What makes you happy?
Ella: When daddy doesn’t talk.
Kel: What makes you giggle?
Ella: My party.
Kel: What party?
Ella: My party that I had the other day with Nanny and Poppy and Molly. (She means her birthday 10 months ago. Yes, it’s fair to say she’s already counting down the days ’til the next one).
I hope no one uses this interview as the basis for employing me into the future!
What funny things do your children say?