I don’t know very many 12-year-olds, and I was curious about what today’s kids of that age are thinking about and what they are interested in. Annabelle Erskine agreed to an interview. I found her to be interesting, thoughtful and confident. Mostly I was impressed with her sense of humor.
Q: Where and when were you born?
A: I was born in Jackson Hole in February of 2008. I will be in seventh grade when school begins this fall.
Q: Who are your parents and where do they work?
A: Rebecca Quasdorf Erskine and Andrew Erskine. My mother works at the Senior Center, and my father works at Parks and Rec.
Q: Do you have siblings?
A: I have a sister, Ruby, who is 17.
Q: Your grandparents live in Jackson. Do you spend time with them?
A: My grandparents are Orville and Thelma Quasdorf. I like to bake and craft with my grandma.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Jackson? What menu item is your favorite?
A: I love Subway: I like to get a 6-inch, white Italian, pepperoni, white American cheese and bacon.
Q: What is your favorite television show?
A: I like to watch “The Amazing World of Gumball.”
Q: Do you have a favorite book?
A: “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan. It is a fantasy adventure based on Greek and Roman mythology.
Q: Who is your best friend? What do you like to do for fun?
A: Romeo, Elizabeth, Marlee, Harlie, Breanne, Brooke, Bethany and Ellison. We just goof off a lot and laugh.
Q: Is there a food that you really dislike?
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
A: I have always wanted to become a veterinarian. I changed my mind a while ago. I want to be an engineer and build houses.
Q: What are you afraid of?
A: I am afraid of tight places. ... They freak me out!
Q: What makes you sad?
A: The thought of losing all my family and friends.
Q: What makes you happy?
A: Spending time with my family.
Q: What is your favorite memory of this summer?
A: Seeing my friend from Canada.
Q: What is your favorite part of being a Girl Scout?
A: I love helping others.
Q: If you were president of the United States, what important thing would you do?
A: I would make sure all the people of the LGBTQ community felt safe and welcome.
Q: Do you have any advice for your parents?
A: Don’t embarrass me so much.
Q: If you had an unlimited amount of money, what would you buy?
A: I would end all of the world’s problems and buy candy and Legos.
Q: Who is your hero?
A: My hero is my grandpa. He may be old, but he still does a lot. He fishes, makes things, plays with me, cooks, cleans, helps me and my grandma and helps my mom at the Senior Center.
Q: Who is the boss in your house?
A: Well, My dad acts like the boss, but it is my mom who is the boss.
Q: If you could talk to President Trump, what would you say?
A: You need to love all the people, not just the ones who support you.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would you choose?
A: I would have dinner with Anson Seabra. He is a singer.
Q: Anything else that you want to add?
A: I miss school.
Q: Describe yourself using just one word.