Interview with the Kids

August 6, 2012 in My Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott

simple living, minimalist living

My daughter wanted me to take a bunch of pictures with her and I have been playing with some different editing techniques.  These are pictures I took of them at the park last week. … most are of Lily because Ian was hiding and running.

A few weeks ago it was mentioned in the comments that I should ask the kids some questions.  I do all the writing on here (except for a post by Lily last fall and maybe some more when school starts again).

What do the kids think about minimalism?

Lets ask them:

Me: What is minimalism?

Lily: um, what does that word mean?

Me: like simple living

Lily: Cleaning my room is easy.

Ian: You don’t have a room

Lily: Well cleaning the house is easy

Me: Ian, what is minimalism?

Ian: Eating at the table is easy

Me: What do you like about our simple living apartment?

Ian: The pool, and sitting in the sun chairs at the pool

Lily: I like that we can jump a lot.

Ian: I like that we can run a lot. And books!

Lily: The books aren’t ours, they are library books

Ian: I like to relax on the couch

Lily: I like sleeping in the living room

Ian: I like sleeping in the bed at night

Me: Are there things you don’t like?

Lily: ah, I don’t like that there are bugs around here

Ian: shrugs and giggles

Me: Do you have enough toys?

Lily: More than I know what to do with

Ian: I have so much I don’t know what to play with first. {giggle}

Me:  What is it like sharing a room with your sibling?

Lily: Ian pokes me every morning

Ian: giggle.  Lily puts her feet on my bed in the morning all the time

Lily:  I do not

Me: Do you think other people would benefit if they became more minimalist? Why?

Lily: I think they would have a lot more fun because it is easier to clean up

Ian: I like to bike.

Lily: There is so much more time to have fun instead of cleaning my room

Me: You have only kept a few toys and other things, how do you decide what to keep and what to give away?

Lily: I give away stuff I don’t like playing with.  I keep stuff I like playing with.

Ian:  If I have any cars that I want to sell then I sell them

Me:  Is it hard to decide what to keep?

Lily and Ian: Yeah

Me: What do people say when you tell them you don’t have different things that they have?

Lily: When someone tells me about a TV show and I told them I didn’t have a TV and they said “What!” and stared for like 10 seconds with their mouth open.

Ian: If we didn’t have a computer I would tell them we didn’t have a computer and they would say ‘What!’

Me: Is it hard not to have the same things as everyone else?

Lily: Sort of

Ian: That is hard for me.

Lily: But not that hard.

Me:  Is there something else you wish you had?

Ian: A cube puzzle.  I wish I had a cube puzzle.

Lily: Dancing skittles

Ian: I wish I had my own golf playing game inside the house. Down the hall.

… there you have it from the mouths of a 5 and 8 year old.  I have talked to them before about it but it was good to see what they had to say again.  They had lots of fun and want to make sure I let them know if I have any other questions.  If you can think of any other questions for them feel free to write them in the comments and I will see if I can get you an answer.

Basically to them, from what I can tell, they are happy.  They go along with whatever because they are kids.  They see the different things their friends have and often wish they had them too in the moment.  That is just human.  It gives us a chance to talk about why we have and do the things we do.  Hopefully it will help them as they grow to think through what they want in life and not just go along with what society says.

I don’t know that they will grow up to be minimalist, but I hope they grow up thinking through their life and moving toward what they want instead of what is ‘normal’.

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