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Diane: Well, it’s great to have my grandson, Phoenix with me today. He is starting into his second week of Grade 8 and I’m so glad he’s taken some time out of his very busy schedule (slurping a Frappuccino¬†and sucking up grapes) to grace us with his presence.

Phoenix: Great to be here, Nana. I see we’re meeting downstairs because you just broke a baking dish in the kitchen. Nice one, Nana!

Diane: Yes, Phoenix. Thank you for bringing that up. Now, tell me about this interesting creation that I’ve featured on my blog today.

Phoenix: That is my masterpiece I created on a field trip to a museum in Burlington early this year. I called this guy, “Gollum” because I was going through a Hobbit phase at that time.

Diane: Very interesting features, Phoenix. There’s a hidden artist deep within you, I see.

Phoenix: Actually, I do like drawing. I have an awesome book of my drawings and I like making cartoons as well.

Diane: I think you got the creative genes from your mom.

Phoenix: Now I could tell a funny story about her childhood!

Diane: Perhaps we should stay on target with this conversation.

Phoenix: OK.

Diane: Tell me about your most recent accomplishment.

Phoenix: I became Vice President of my school.

Diane: That’s fantastic, Phoenie…I mean Mr. Vice President. And what responsibilities will you be tending to this coming school year?

Phoenix: Well, I attended my first council meeting at recess today but my friend (who is the incoming Activities Coordinator) and I were the only ones to show up! Everyone else went out for recess, including the President!

Diane: Hm…that doesn’t sound very official or efficient. Tell me how you will be leading the school this year. What exactly are your responsibilities?

Phoenix: People come the Student Council with requests and we decide if and when to do them. My friend recently requested a Rubiks Cube club. I’m not sure very many people would be willing to give up their ¬†recess to go to this club but I will take the suggestion to council.

Diane: Do you have any official uniform?

Phoenix: I wear a tux to school every day, Nana.

Diane: Impressive. But not true, right?

Phoenix: Nana…..

Diane: We talked and prayed about this position last night, right? Do you remember what I said about leadership?

Phoenix: The best leaders serve others.

Diane: Yup. So how are you going to do that?

Phoenix: I have to listen well, not make fun of requests and be faithful to bring peoples’ ideas to council.

Diane: Sounds good to me. And are you looking forward to your Grade 8 year?

Phoenix: I’m glad to be on the Student Council, I’m going to try out for the softball, badminton and maybe the volleyball team too. I want to be able to solve a 2X2 Rubiks Cube with my eyes closed by the end of the year. I also want to do well in all my subjects but I have to admit, French is not my strong suit.

Diane: Well, it’s been good to interview you, Mr. VP. Do I need to bow to you on my way out?

Phoenix: I would prefer money.

Diane: You have my respect, grandson but you don’t get my money.

Phoenix: Rats.


One Comment

  1. Anne Loewen

    This is when you need to mention to Phoenie that when meetings are sparsely attended, that is the time to delegate tasks to those who are absent. I mean, they need a chance to serve as well, right?

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