The start of a school year is always a busy time. So busy that sometimes we forget to stop and breathe. Clothes shopping, supplies, schedules, routines. I’m beginning to think breathing is something we all ought to do a bit more.

What might you see when you stop for a moment? I saw growth. It’s amazing to see how much the Bug has grown over the summer, in every aspect of the word. We recently had a little get together of all her preschool classmates and some sort of magic growth happens the summer before Pre-K. Last year’s three-year-old classmates are looking and acting less like toddlers and more like — gasp — big kids!

I’m a big fan of recording snapshots of our family life. I have thousands of photos and little notes stashed everywhere. {I’m not so good at organizing them, but that’s a totally different story.} Then, of course, I have a little bit of a journalistic personality. Not sure if it’s the journalism degree or the years spent in practitioner research. In any case, I ask a lot of questions. And I like to listen. Especially to my kids.

They really do say the damnedest things. Even the six-month-old. Who has a trach. You just have to listen.

So this year, I sat the Bug down for a little pre-school preschool interview.

I asked things like:

What is your favorite lunch to pack for school?
What are you most excited about this year?
What about school did you miss over the summer?
What is your favorite thing to do after school?
What’s one thing you cannot wait to show your friends?
… and, of course, what’s the best thing about (pre)school?

The Pre-Preschool Interview: Capture the Moment - (cool) progeny

Note the exclamation points at the end of everything. I love the enthusiasm.

These answers will change every year. I wonder what she’ll say when I ask her when she’s 8 — or 12 — or 17 and headed off for senior year of high school?

… or even what she’ll say when I ask her similar questions at the end of Pre-K.

Just a snapshot. A moment. When collected over the years, I have a feeling these little interviews will tell one heckuva story.

At least they should if I’m doing this parenting thing right.

Ever thought about interviewing your own kids? What would your kids say?