Interview with a teenager. Joe – age 17

What is something I always say to you? Drive safely

What makes you happy? Mountains

What makes you sad? A wasted day.  I have found that it makes me sad when I realize I have done nothing profitable in a day.

How do I make you laugh? When you’re visibly excited about something.  Because it’s so rare.

What do you think I was like as a child? Goofy.

How old are you? 25 no.  17.

How old am I? 40. 20. 24.  A pretty young age. I don’t know.  You still look good.

How tall are you? 5’8″

What is your favorite thing to do? Hike.  Off the path.  Like hiking, but off the path.  I don’t like paths.  They’re boring.

What do I do when you’re not around? Play the Game Cube most likely.  (Not true)

What are you really good at? Listening.  People like to talk to me because I listen.  Or they think I’m listening.  I believe I have that kind of personality that people think I’m a good listener and that I’m listening but I’m not.  That’s the only thing I can think of that I’m good at.  (I reminded him that he’s really good at science and he replied, “Oh yeah, put that.  That sounds really smart.”)

What are you not really good at? Remembering to do things I need to do.

What does the president do? Current president or all presidents? Make the people crazy. No, hold on.  Not his job.

What is your favorite food? Spaghetti with ground beef but not meatballs.

What do you and I do together? Visit the emergency room.

How are we the same? We’re both introverts.

How are you and I different? I like cold weather and you don’t.

How do you know that I love you? Because I can tell you want to lead me to do what is right.  You want to see me succeed and to grow up to be a good man.  If you didn’t love me you wouldn’t care.

What is one thing you wish you could change? I wish the education system would change.

What do you wish you could go and do with me? Not visit the emergency room.  No, that’s not my official answer.  Hold on.  Star gazing.

What is your job in our family? Lead my brothers.  I wasn’t going to write down clean the living room.  I mean, that’s my job after dinner but that isn’t my job in the family.  You’re writing all this down aren’t you?

What is your favorite room in the house? What kind of question is that?  Uh…  The rec room.  It depends on what time of day.  It’s hot but there is a fan you can turn on if it gets too hot.  

What is your favorite animal? Water Dragons.

What has been your worst experience? We were up in the mountains taking a little vacation and Kaity and Dad went missing in the woods and I was unbelievably scared.  (To clarify, their snowmobile got stuck in deep snow about 11 miles from where we were staying.  They weren’t lost, but search parties were organized quickly and it was dark and 10 below zero before they arrived safely back at the cabin.)

What is your favorite color? Storm blue.  Like purplish.  Or gray.  The color of a dark storm.

What is one piece of advice you have for me? When Dad says don’t open your box knife unless he’s around, don’t open it.

What is the worst sound you’ve ever heard? The sound of magic erasers rubbing up against each other.  Or the sound of Mr. Crabs rubbing two pickles together.

What is your favorite song? The Son of God Goes Forth to War. It sounds great when the whole church is singing it together.

Do you have a favorite singer or band? Mumford and Sons.  If I had to pick a favorite band it would be them.

Where was the best place you’ve lived? Washington State.

What is your favorite show? Doctor Who.

Do you have a superhero preference? Ant-man.

Can you think of any other questions I should ask you? Yes.  If you could be in any place in the world right now, where would it be?  You could also ask if you could bring one thing in to reality, like one thing that doesn’t exist, what would it be? If you were to write a book, what would it be about?  That’s it for today.


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