1. What's the one thing you would have done differently as a mom?
2. Why did you choose to be with my father?
3. In what ways do you think I'm like you?
The way you accept everyone at face value, how you get indignant when confronted with a rule breaker, your mood swings, how you want to help everyone you meet, how you think nothing of giving your friend half your sandwich because she didn't have anything, no matter what the reason is for her not having any food. I hope you don't ever change these things. Well, the mood swings are probably only going to get worse - but we'll deal.
4. Which one of us kids did you like the best?
This is one of the reasons you're an only child. :)
5. Is there anything you have always wanted to tell me but never have?
Not yet. There will be plenty of things for me to tell you when you get older. Right now - be a kid and enjoy it.
6. Do you think it's easier or harder to be a mother now than when you were raising our family?
I'm going to change this question around - do I think it's easier or harder to be a mother than when my mother was raising me.
I have a different set of problems and issues to worry about. I long for the Saturday when you say, "bye mom, see you tonight," and off you go on your bike for an adventure. I was doing that at your age. You won't be able to do that until your mid-teens. Our society as made it impossible to leave kids alone to wander around on their own. I'm sad that you won't be able to experience some of things I or your dad did when we were on our own, exploring our community.
7. Is there anything you regret not having asked your parents?
Loaded question, this one is. I guess I would like to know what they thought I would be like as an adult. Not sure they could answer that. Then again, I might not like the answer.
8. What's the best thing I can do for you right now?
9. Is there anything that you wish had been different between us -- or that you would still like to change?
Not really - you're the best kid we could ever have hoped to have.
When I realized I could run the household as well as anyone. I think I was about 9. But that's a conversation for another time.