Tornado E: Mama, I need to interview you for homework.
Me: Ok, kiddo. What do you want to ask me?
Tornado E: (reading) Who was the most important person to influence you?
Me: As a child? As an adult? As a teacher or writer?
Tornado E: (in that exasperated teenage sigh and voice) Who is the most important person in your life?
Me: Well, the most important people in my life are my boys because I have made them my first thought with every choice I have made in the last 12 years. Ever since you were born, I have had to question and strengthen my beliefs, I have worked to become a better person and role model. For my boys.
Tornado E: That’s a stupid question and a stupid answer. Let’s begin again.
Me: Hey! That was a great answer!
Tornado E: All parents say that.
Yeah, no. And those who say it, do they do it?
Me: Well, what else do you want to know?
Tornado E: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done.