Jasper on First Grade, Trains, and Taking Trips

Jasper on carousel

Jasper buggin' out on the Bug Carousel at The Bronx Zoo.

Earlier this week, I interviewed Magnolia about life in Brooklyn — now it’s Jasper‘s turn to weigh in on things. Here’s what the dude had to say….

OK, Jasper, how old are you?


And do you know what an interview is?

Where someone asks you lots of questions, like on the news.

You’re in first grade now — what are you learning?

I’m learning lots of things — how to read, how to write, how to count by 2’s. I still don’t know how to count all the way to 100 by 2’s. I’m learning lots of math, I’m learning which thing is heavier and which thing is lighter. Whichever one goes down is heavier, and whichever one goes up is lighter.

We talk all the time about how families are different and how you and Magnolia have two mommies — what do you think about being a kid with two moms?

It’s very nice. And I really liked when you let us go to the Botanical Gardens [Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink for his birthday] with Ariel, and we got to have ice cream.

What do you think the moms are doing when we’re on the computer?

Um, looking at the computer. And trying to read stuff and see what everything is.

What do you like to do on the computer?

See videos. I like to do the cool game that you do with the snow balls and the snow man and then the animals sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

What do you like about living in New York City?

Seeing all of my friends. Seeing the Empire State Building.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Brooklyn?

OK, let’s see. Going to the park, the playground, and the Botanical Gardens. I like the swings and the slides at the park.

If we were going to take a trip tomorrow and go visit someplace besides Brooklyn, where would you like to go?

I’d like to go and see Grandma and Grandpa Jack in Texas and go in the pool that they have. They have a pool you can blow up and swim inside.

I know you love the NYC trains — which is your favorite?

I think you know what this is going to be…. The J train and Q train.


Because the J train is my letter and the Q train is an express. And I like the D, too, ’cause it’s an express and it doesn’t run local at all.

We’re having friends over for dinner on Saturday night — what should we cook for them?

A cake.

What kind?

A raspberry cake.

I know sometimes you get a little frustrated with the moms — what do we do that upsets you?

When you take away one of my really special toys.

Why do you think we have to put a toy away sometimes?

Because I didn’t behave that good.

We’re going to take a big trip next year, to France and Italy — you’ve seen those places on your maps — what do you think we’ll do when we’re there?

See some pretty houses. And the Eiffel Tower. But I wouldn’t like to go up in it, it’s too high.

Lots of people will read this — what would you like them to know about you?

I was very good for Christmas, and I can’t believe Santa Claus gave me all of the presents, and most of them were just Spider Man.

What did you think of the interview?

It was very nice and I really liked it. And I can’t believe how many words mommy did [typed.]


7 Responses to “Jasper on First Grade, Trains, and Taking Trips”

  1. 1 Paula/adhocmom January 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Interesting. The J is the ONE train I’ve never been on. .

  2. 2 Natalie Keller Reinert January 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    So funny, I should do this with Calvin. He did a poem and said he liked the R train best.. it’s the pirate train, of course, so that’s logical…

  3. 5 Lesley Oram January 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Wow! Jasper is really learning a lot. He could articulate what we are doing in class! I am very impressed. Let Jasper know I like the express trains too. I wish the R was an express.

  4. 7 Melisa January 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    hey, Paula, let us know if you ever take the J — Jasper loves it when he hears people are riding “his” train! we had to take it to a party in Williamsburg the other day and he just about blew a gasket.

    Natalie, that’s funny — we’ll have to explain to Jasper. AAAARRRRR!

    And, Lesley, thanks for stopping by — as Chris said, Jasper was delighted! But now I think he wants editorial control of the blog…. 🙂

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