You’ve heard from our eldest daughter, Maddie. Now, I can’t wait to see how the girl sandwiched in between our three kids responds to these questions. Kate is much more serious than the other two, but at times unpredictably funny. She is a brilliant and deep thinker. She could be anything when she grows up: a contortionist in the circus, a CEO of a million dollar company, an artist, a shrink, an attorney, a professional Jeopardy guest or even a street performer who runs a hot dog cart downtown. She’s so dang awesome.
1. Kate, why don’t you give me a list of all of the things you could possibly do when you grow up and why. You are an idea gal AND a detail gal. I think you could do so many different things.
I think this is a very good question for me, so here are just a few things on my list:
- Own a coffee shop
- Move to Alaska
- Own an axolotl
- Major in Food Science at a good college and minor in Psychology
- Coach a traveling softball team
2. Tell me what two of your greatest strengths are and what two of your possible weaknesses are. How are your weaknesses actually strengths of yours?
One of my greatest strengths is my ability to be sensitive toward different minorities and diversity, considering that I have a rainbow family. Another is my ability not to care too much about what people think of me.
I think the two weaknesses I have would be that occasionally I’m not daring enough so I miss out on things (like roller coasters) and I get offended too much about what people say about other people. I don’t think any of my weaknesses could be strengths though.
[Kate, it’s Mommy. I beg to differ. Your perceived weaknesses really are strengths. For one, you’re careful, which makes me trust you more that you’re not going to do anything too stupid. For two, you have a heart of gold and you care about other people’s feelings. That’s a good thing. You’ll learn how to reign in over-reactions to those things as you grow. I’m proud of those “weaknesses” in you! I’ll bet you other people in the comments below will agree with me.]
3. Tell me three things playing softball has taught you about yourself and life, besides the obvious softball skills that you’re learning.
The three things I’ve learned from playing softball are to always believe in yourself, have a positive attitude, and to be patient with other people. And that I have MAD SKILLS (tee hee).
3. What are your favorite kinds of foods, since I consider you a foodie? You have exquisite tastes.
Honestly, I don’t think I could sum that all up in words, but I mainly like healthy colon cleansers, goat cheeses, and seaweed. Seaweed is very healthy for you AND its tasty.
3. How do you work through frustrations while trying to achieve a goal?
When I do have frustrations when trying to achieve a goal I just take a break or talk with my parents for encouragement. Oh, and I never stop trying.
4. Name three things you remember about the divorce process our family experienced. How did you feel at different times?
One thing I remember was that when he told us he was moving out of the house, the left the next morning, which I was sad about, but I understand now that it was for the best. The next thing is that when he told us he was gay, I don’t think I was too surprised, not because I knew, but because it didn’t make him any different to me. And the third thing I remember was that you two couldn’t officially divorce for a while.
5. What types of things have you experienced or thought as a kid who has two daddies who are gay? What things do you wish would change in people’s minds?
I haven’t really thought much of my dads being gay, because its not offensive to me, but I hear kids at school saying stuff that’s meant to be offensive to other kids. I wouldn’t change people’s minds about it, because they have their beliefs and opinions, but I would want them to see it from a different angle.
She is waiting anxiously by the computer, wanting comments from people. Like I said, she loves encouragement. Drop her a line, won’t you?
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