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So [livejournal.com profile] resonant8 interviewed me, and now I'll interview you, if you like.

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview Me!" (or something of that ilk)
2. I will respond by asking you five questions.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

1. What have you learned from the kids?

I've learned that children do not belong to you: you belong to children. But you must never let them know that until they are grown.

I've learned that being liked is not the most important thing: that being respected and trusted is. I've learned that in the absence of respect and trust, that you cannot do a blasted thing to influence a child. And that, after a certain age, there's nothing you can do to earn the trust.

I've learned, really comprehended, to take the long-term view; to understand that long, sometimes dangerous, effort with little positive feedback is in fact worth it; that I can live through and endure and ignore treatment from a child that I would never endure from an age-mate, which also taught me that I can endure more than I thought I could.

I never thought I could endure vomit, defecation, or rats. Now I know better.

I never thought I could live with parental/child yelling. Now I know better.

I never thought that a once-in-a-while smile or flash of understanding would be enough for me to keep at the teaching.

Now I know better.

2. If you could have one trait from animals, what would you choose? (Flight? Gills? Fur?)

I would want gills. I would love to live underwater, and the only thing ever standing in my way was my inability to breathe; I don't trust air tanks and flexible hoses to remain functional as long as needed. I could play underwater, and I could take a dive off of a ship and be safe, and I could rescue people, and I could get out of the way of stormy weather.

And I could get all kinds of exercise without putting any additional stress on my poor belabored knees.

3. What do you wish you could do that you can't?

I can't run. I used to have dreams of running for the fun of it, hours and hours on end, travelling miles and miles, and having the wind and the strength to laugh out loud for the sheer joy of it. The closest I ever came was walking very fast and very far: my balance and grace was not enough to keep me on my feet at a run.

I can no longer even walk fast.

4. In a disagreement, who would ultimately get his way: Rodney McKay or Benton Fraser?

McKay is fire; Fraser is earth. McKay attempts to overwhelm all opposition and carry folks along with him simply because they lose the ability to resist.

Fraser is nothing but resistance. He would simply continue to reiterate his position until Rodney shrieked in frustration, beat him about his immovable shoulders, and stormed off into a corner to eat a power bar.

5. Do you have a favorite weather?

I like misty days when a storm is coming on, and the temperature is somewhere between 65 and 72: crisp, and moist, and mysterious, and not too cold, and the smells of the growing things are carried all over the place.

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