Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Interview Day...

Tiggy is sleeping in her favorite spot as I write this (the warm spot on top of the computer monitor!) She opted out of participating in one of our family traditions (Interview Day) in favor of a nap!

Each year I survey each family member and then print their responses. After they have completed a small drawing at the bottom of the page, I place it in a ring binder with the responses from earlier years. Thus, we can see whether someone's favorite color has changed or remained constant over the years. We can see that when he was 2, Sijo wanted to be a race car driver as a grown-up but now, he wants to be a librarian. We can see how much trouble some members of the family have picking a favorite song or book, giving a list instead of a single answer, and how others have the same concise response year after year. Our "rules" for this activity are only that one can't look at the previous years' responses until they have answered for this year, nor can they read anyone elses' responses until they have completed their own.
Our current list of questions follows, but we add another question every year or two as things occur to use that we would like to be keeping track of. The answers included in this list are my own.
Favorite Color: Periwinkle Blue

Favorite Food: Avocado and Hummus Sandwich

Favorite Beverage: Pomengranet Izze and Blackberry Izze

Favorite Treat: Dark Chocolate

Favorite Kind of Animal: Cats and Wolves

Favorite Playtime Activity: Hanging out with my family and playing in my garden

Favorite Toy: my new cell phone

Favorite All-time Song: "One" by U2 (maybe, there are so many!!!)

Favorite Current Song: Lithium by Evanescence, Fully Alive by FlyLeaf, Famous Last Words, My Chemical Romance

Favorite Movie: Princess Bride and Serenity

Favorite TV Show: ER

Favorite Book: Too many to narrow down to one

I collect: plants for my gardens

When I grow up I want to be: a published author

My pet peeve: trying to pick a favorite song or book!

This year I want to learn: (actually relearn) Yoga

I can't wait to: hug Senryu.

For those of you who don't know, Senryu is my oldest daughter. She is an exchange student this year. Her responses were sent via email from Asia. That will be interesting to think about in years to come: "Here are the answers that came from the other side of the planet." If we carry this tradition on when the children are all grown, I wonder from where else the answers will be sent!

photo by Aisling, March 2007


Anonymous said...

I think this is an amazing idea and tradition. It is almost like keeping a journal on each member of the family! I really think this is an interesting and inquisitive idea!

Jackie :)

Aisling said...

Jackie, Thank you! I know you have some very special traditions in your family also! I think this started when my girls were little and were bored one afternoon. I devised a series of questions to occupy them and they asked if we could do it every year. Ta-dah! A tradition was born!

Rapunzel said...

What a beautiful tradition, Aisling! Your children will treasure those lovely interviews for many years to come.

Aisling said...

Rapunzel, I believe they will. They already love to look back through them each year. They get a good laugh out of some of their answers as really tiny children. :)