Because Silas refused to wear pants for the interview, I’ve just extracted the audio from the conversation we recorded on his fourth birthday.
How old are you today?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A daddy. I want to have 29 kids. I also want to be a librarian, also.
Can you tell me about some of your friends?
Eliza! I like to play with her.
What’s your favorite thing to do?
I like to chop tomatoes.
Can you tell me something that’s special about our family?
I am really healthy!
What was the most exciting thing that we did this year?
Going to the playground.
What was the hardest thing you did this year?
Opened the presents! Thank you for getting me The Hobbit.
Can you sing your favorite song for me?
No. One goes like [inventing song]: “One time a long time, a long time ago, there was [unintelligible]…a pirates coming to be…Up in the air, it was quiet and free. But they were waking a bird up in the tree and they … [something about knees]. Follow me, follow me, [made up words]
What’s your favorite book?
Darth Vader and Son (happened to be on the couch next to him).
What’s your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
What’s your favorite thing to do with me?
Watch movies with you, too.
What do you like best about being a big brother?
I like to video champ.
What is that? Is that something you do with Petra? What do you like to do with Petra?
What is hard about being a big brother?
I just like being a big brother. I don’t like that she snatches from me when I play.
Do you have a favorite food?
I only like raspberry stew.
Is there anything you are afraid of?
I’m afraid of wind that blows me away, but not anything else.
Is there anything that you hope we’ll do together this year?