when Anna came in with a notebook and pencil.
She introduced herself as Allison Somebody
and wanted to interview me.
I said sure.
She asked how many kids I had,
so I answered 17.
She wanted to know their names.
Sure, I told her,
There’s Twinkletoes Roundbottom here
(Junior really, he’s named after his daddy)
oh yes, and Lizardlump Roundbottom…
Victoria heard from the other room
and had to come join us.
For some reason my girls were laughing so hard
they kept nearly falling over.
It might have had something to do with the funny accent too.
Just then my 6 year old, Higglebott, came in.
He really prefers to be called Jack.
But Swarky Daffodill Strangebottom
(also known as Victoria)
didn’t mind her name at all
as long as I’d answer her questions too.
Those girls wanted to know about discipline
(throwing spoons, I told ’em)
and sleeping arrangements
(the kids sleep on the roof
and it’s sloped, ya know —
all night long I hear tumble tumble tumble BONK).
Higglebott ended up climbing into the bath too
while Swarky and Chickenlips Eugenia interviewed me.
I told a lot of stories about our family adventures.
Boy have I done some dumb things.
Boy do my children laugh a lot.
We made so much noise Daddy went downstairs to watch his show.I have such a small bathroom
and I never get a bath to myself.
Just wait till I find my spoons.