For a long, long while now, I’ve wanted to do a question and answer session with Holly. And when she is more able to understand the questions, Ella too!
My initial thought was to do this around each birthday, and to have a written record of how their answers change to the same questions over the years as they become older and grow up. Then, one day, I can show them too.
I may even create some kind of record book for the girls compiling all of their answers as they grow up, as something they can look back and giggle about with their husbands and children of their own in years to come.
Like many things though, the idea has been brushed aside, until recently when I was on holiday in Devon.
My friend asked if I’d seen the recent questions on Facebook, much the same as those I’d thought of and had completed these herself with her own daughter. So, sat in the middle of the countryside, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to complete the little questionnaire.
Sarah asked Holly the questions, and was strict in that she gave absolutely no prompting or persuasion. The answers were entirely Holly’s own.
It was beautiful. I will never forget how each time she was asked a question, Holly would look at me, lovingly grinning at me from ear to ear. It wasn’t that she was embarrassed to be asked the questions or anything, more that she was looking for my support, approval and affirmation.
She wanted to please me and make me proud. And of course she did.
I will remember that moment and her beautiful face, full of longing to make mummy happy, forever.
Of course it has an element of humour and endearment to it too. Some of the answers are just too cute, it’s a great way of knowing what’s going through their little minds, and a little insight in to the thought process of your little ones!
So, from this moment on, I will make a promise to myself to ask the same questions (and maybe add a couple more!) at each and every one of the girls birthdays.
Childs Name: Holly
1. What is something Mummy always says to you?
2. What makes Mummy happy?
Big cuddles and kisses
3. What makes Mummy sad?
Not kisses and cuddles
4. How does Mummy make you laugh?
By doing silly things
5. What was Mummy like as a child?
6. How old is Mummy?
7. How tall is Mummy?
This tall (shows with hands)
8. What is Mummy’s favourite thing to do?
9. What does Mummy do when you’re not here?
Play with somebody else
10. If Mummy becomes famous what will it be for?
11. What is Mummy really good at?
12. What is Mummy not very good at?
Not doing stuff to get new toys – that means to work – if you don’t work to get money you won’t get new toys
13. What is Mummy’s job?
14. What makes you proud of Mummy?
I don’t know
15. What is Mummy’s favourite food?
16. What do you & Mummy do together?
17. How are you & Mummy the same?
Because we’ve got long hair
18. If your Mummy was a cartoon character who would she be?
19. How are you & Mummy different?
Because we don’t have the same dresses
20. How do you know Mummy loves me?
Cos she gives me lots of cuddles
21. What does Mummy like best about Daddy?
Because they’re gonna marry each other
22. Where is Mummy’s favourite place to go?
The Dinosaur park
23. How old was Mummy when she had you?