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This is you at four years old

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My little Monster is turning four on Saturday. In addition to the obligatory birthday party, I'd like to mark the occasion with something he can look back on when he's older, to try to capture this age that he will never be again.

I've been thinking about asking him a series of questions and recording his answers, creating something like a little snapshot of him and his 4-year-old ideas. Or, to be a little less structured about it, maybe somehow recording a conversation about something special.

What would this look like? I thought about asking some of the following questions and just kind of following him where he was willing to take me.

- What's your name? Where do you live? Who do you live with? Tell me about your family.
- Where were you born? When did you move to Argentina?
- What do you love to play? What do you love to eat?
- Tell me about your school. What do you want to do at school this year?
- What's your favourite colour? Song? Book? Toy?
- What would you like your job to be when you're older?
- Do you want to have kids? Tell me about them.

Too boring?

I'd love to get his answers to things like: what are twins, what are planets, how do cameras work, and all the other great things we muse about here...but I'm also prepared for him to refuse to show his face or open his mouth the minute the camera is on.

I told him about my idea this morning and asked him if he had any ideas. He suggested that I could ask him why he always asks 'why'.

That might be a great start.


Deborah said...

I love the idea of the questions and answers. And maybe it's something you can repeat another year. Perhaps not every year (or then it would seem too much like a chore), and perhaps the set of questions will change as he grows older.

macondo mama said...

Deborah, it's a great idea not to plan to do it every year so that it won't become a chore. I totally set myself up for that kind of pressure all the time, and had exactly those kinds of plans for this project as well. BUT, since the Monster turned 4 on Saturday and I still haven't gotten the camera out, I think I will definitely take your advice.

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