I asked these questions gradually, over the course of more than a month – she still tended to find inspiration from around her, and to start getting restless after a few questions.
If I felt an answer was too arbitrary, I asked her again later.
(All of these pictures were taken on her birthday – we went to the zoo.)
What is the meaning of life?
A Christmas tree
What do you want to be when you grow up?
What is your favourite animal?
A panda! [Certainly true at this point in time – we now own four pandas and a red panda tail – not counting clothing with pandas on.]
What brings you the most happiness?
What makes you feel loved?
You love me [she was on my lap and gave me a hug].
What are you afraid of?
A big scary bear. [She often tells us she can’t brush her teeth/wash her hands because there’s a bear – but this guy didn’t bother her at all.]
If you had one wish, what would you wish for?
I want that one! [giraffe mobile; I brought it down for her to hold.]
What is the funniest word?
That! [Pointing at a bauble.]
What is hard for you to do?
This [She gives me the giraffe mobile to untangle.]
What is the easiest thing to do?
This! [Buries her head in the armchair and lifts up her legs.]
What is the best thing in the world?
Jemima! [That is, her Playschool Jemima doll.]
What is the worst thing in the world? (What makes you feel sad?)
What is the meaning of love?
Um. . . coz like our one.
[So. . . what IS love?]
Look! I see a green tree!
If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?
These pajamas! [She was wearing a new set.]