I have decided to try out a new feature- where I occasionally interview people that I know and love. We’ll see how it goes!
Naturally, I had to start with my Number One Man,
While I find him charming, personable, and witty, he is not necessarily known to be…well…a “talker.”
That is why he went into computers.
So, I wasn’t sure if I would just get one word answers or…? (You will notice some “no response”s)
But, he was a good sport for this!
(Probably because I had just made him the most delish cornbread that had ever crossed his lips!)
He even (gasp!) closed his laptop and gave me his undivided attention! For a stupid blog interview? Cornbread again tonight!
Here we go…
-So, what’s it like being married to a semi-professional blogger?
(Chuckles for some reason.)
It’s nice. It is another way for me to communicate with my wife.
-Is your blog intimidated?
(Chuckles again. I light up his life.)
No. No one reads my blog. Intentionally.
-Well, on to Joseph- What surprises you most about him?
How much he makes me feel like the weak link for his entertainment.
Like, I do something with him that I think will be really fun and funny, and afterwards, he is like, “What’s next, Dad? Do something else!”
I am surprised that he isn’t more entertained by me.
-What have you found to be the hardest part of fatherhood?
Being forced to do things that I don’t want to do.
Usually, if I don’t want to do things, I don’t do them.
But, with him, I have to.
-Keeping that in mind, how many kids do you want to have?
FOUR. (We’ll see…)
-What is the worst meal that I have ever made?
Hmmm… What was that one meal that you made that one time?
And it was completely inedible?
Like, really, really salty?
We couldn’t even eat it?
-Oh yeah, what was that? And we just ended up eating cereal?
Yeah, some kind of casserole dish.
Nasty. Whatever that was, it was the worst.
-What is the best meal that you have ever eaten?
(I give him a few suggestions.)
(I start to get nervous that he is going to quit the interview…)
-Okay, moving on.
-If you could eat only one dessert item for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chocolate ice cream.
-Really? Just plain chocolate?
-Hmmm. Okie dokie.
-What do you remember most about me from high school?
That you always seemed so carefree. Like when you were walking down the hallways, you just looked so happy and carefree.
(Those were the days.)
-Huh. I thought that you would say my butt.
-Okay, what has been the most surprising thing about marriage?
How easy it is. Because you make it easy.
-Awww. That’s nice. (It’s true.)
-Young marriage, pros and cons. (He had just turned 20 when we got married, and I was 20.5)
Cons are that you are still changing and developing your personality. If you change too much, you might find that you no longer mesh well together.
The pros are that you get to go through more stages together, and grow together.
-I know that you like your job, but if you cold change one thing about your job, what would it be?
Location. Closer to Portland.
-If you could give me any present in the whole world right now, what would it be?
A REALLY nice TV.
-Odd. That seems like a present for you?
(Looks away. Guiltily, I think.)
-What is your pet peeve that I do?
(It took him a impolitely short amount of time to answer. He’s gutsy.)
That your use of the English language is different than mine.
-You mean better?
Like, not literal.
-So, better? (I totally know more words than him.)
-Okay, I’ll put better.
-I’ll move on.
-Paper or Plastic?
-No! You are supposed to say “reusable canvas bag!!!”
(No response. Obviously, I do all of the shopping around here.)
-Coke or Pepsi?
Regular Coke, Diet Pepsi.
-If you had to choose one: 12 children, 8 dogs, or 2 wives?
(No hesitation. None.) 2 wives.
-What? You are supposed to say 12 children!
-(I’ll show him..) For the record, if you are ever in a coma, how long should we keep you alive?
Is there brain activity?
Umm… 6 months.
-Okay, there IS brain activity.
I’d say a full year. You can go longer if you want, but I’d pull the plug.
-Thanks for doing this, honey. How much do you love me?