An interview with the eldest child:
Papa: Let's get right down to brass tacks...what did you think of the Princess Bride?
Calvin: I liked it.
Papa: Why did you have us turn it off and tell us to send it back when it got scary?
Calvin: It wasn't scary! I was tired. I couldn't keep my eyes open. I was up like three hours too late.
Well, not really three hours but it felt like it.
Papa: So, you'd try to watch it again?
Calvin: Yeah. I would.
Papa: Who was your favorite character?
Calvin: The Giant! (giggles, giggles) I like Andre the Giant.
Papa: What else is happening in Calvin's world?
Calvin: I'm playing baseball... and i have a dance performance on Sunday.
Papa: It's going to be a busy weekend, huh?
Papa: Because you got stuff going on, kid. Do you get nervous performing in front of an audience?
Calvin: Yes. Well ... baseball I feel fine. I'll probably be a little nervous for my dance.
Papa: Are there going to be other people on stage with you?
Calvin: Yep. Three other kids...my age.
Papa: What's your favorite position in baseball?
Papa: I thought it was catcher!
Calvin: Oh yeah - catcher!
Calvin: What do you mean conformist? What does that mean?
Papa: I said catcher and you were like, "oh yeah, catcher". Conforming to what i said might be your favorite postion.
Calvin: I didn't know that catcher counted as a position.
Papa: So you weren't conforming?
Calvin: No. I'm going to go get some bread.
Papa: Be careful with the knife.
Calvin: Dad. How can I be careful with the knife I'm already done.
Dad: OK. Enough chit chat. You've always been very focused on your passion of the moment. For instance, when you were into the Wizard of Oz, you showed very little interest in any thing else. From morning until night, you dressed as the characters, read the books, drew pictures, went to plays and asked to watch scenes from the movie. All Wizard. All the time. You've moved through SO. MANY.of these over the years like, birds, farming, trapping, bike riding and such.
What has your interest right now? What do you go to bed and wake up thinking about right now in your life?
Dad: Anything else to say?
Calvin: Can we be all done. I wanna pitch to you.