Alex's official 10-year-old portrait.

Alex's official 10-year-old portrait.

Alex is 10 years old today.  Which, you know, is insane.  

The urge to share photographs I've taken every year on her birthday is strong, but I did that a couple of years ago, when she turned 8 -- so  I won't put you through that again.  However, since I don't really share parenting stories here anymore, Alex only appears in the blog every once in a while, and finally reaching "double-digits" is a pretty important time in a kid's life, I figured I needed to do something a bit special.  So this year, I decided to interview her so you can sort of get to know her first hand; also, since there are a few of you who have been reading Chookooloonks since the very beginning when she was born, I figured it might be interesting for you to see how she's grown up during this time.  

I decided to start with the Proust Questionnaire (editing it for questions that she might not yet be old enough to give it considerable thought), and then turned to Twitter to invite people to submit questions that they would like me to ask her.  The following are her answers:

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Watching TV with my mom by a fireplace.

What country would you most like to visit?

Spain -- it seems cool, because of their culture, and I've heard that they have elaborate celebrations. (I'm not sure which ones she's talking about, but I suspect La Tomatina would be right up her alley.   -- Ed.)

When and where were you happiest?

At home with my mom today.  (I swear I didn't tell her to say that.  -- Ed.)

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Sewing a skirt and getting my black belt.

What is your most treasured possession?

Baby Lion.

What do you most value in your friends?


Who are your favourite writers?

Megan Frazer Blakemore (author of Water Castle) and Eve Yohalem (author of Escape Under the Forever Sky).

Who is your favourite fictional heroine, and why?

I think Akeelah from the movie Akeelah and the Bee.  She's smart, funny and nice.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My mom, dad and my dog, Rufus.  (Someone give this kid some chocolate.  -- Ed.)

What is your motto?

Sharing is caring.

How'd you get to be so awesome?

My family and friends treat me so awesomely!

Where do you think you'll be 10 years from now?

I think I'll be in Paris, fashion designing in my little house made of bricks, looking out at Notre Dame!

Song:  Let it go, as performed by Idina Menzel.  Today's song naturally chosen by Alex.  Happy birthday, sweet girl.