So, here I am sitting with Phoenix Slobodian, sharing pretzels and complimenting him on his very Christmasy socks.
Between pretzel chomping, I do believe he has something to say.
Diane: What’s on your mind these days?
Phoenix: Pretzels, at the moment.
Diane: Can you get beyond that, Phoenix?
Phoenix: Just went tobogganing this afternoon. Awesome time. I actually made it down on the snowboard 15 times without falling…I just couldn’t figure out how to stop. I would slow down, I’d try to turn the board and land on my butt.
Diane: Olympic bound?
Phoenix: Not this February.
Diane: Tell me more about your life.
Diane: Oh, come on. Tell me three things you like about school.
Phoenix: Well, I’m vice president of the school so I have great power. I mean, I actually contribute ideas to make the school better. Lunch is good because I get to hang with my friends. Dismissal is awesome.
Diane: What’s the last book you read?
Phoenix: The End of Days by Eric Walters and I’m going to read the two Eric Walters you and Papak just gave me – Bully Boys and Camp X.
Diane: You’ve loved reading since you were a little guy. One of your favourite things to do, right?
Phoenix: For sure. I’ve got tons of great books. I’m getting better at tennis. I like video games. I like listening to music.
Diane: Grade 9 next year. New school. Are you excited about that?
Phoenix: It’s going to be hard because I have to leave all my friends and make new ones.
Diane: Good friends attract good friends, Phoenie. Be a good friend – you’ll find some good friends at the new school.
Phoenix: So, if I spoke French really well, would I attract good french fries?
Diane: Hm….not sure what to do with that one. Ready to play Crokinole?
Phoenix: I challenge you to Checkers, Nana.
Diane: Nope. You’re too good. Crokinole it is!
Phoenix: Signing off for now.