interview with scarlett circa 2013

Strike a pose!

It has been almost three years since I conducted an interview with my son on life as an architect. See Interview with Archer, circa 2010. I thought it would be interesting to revisit this interview except this time with my almost six year old daughter, Scarlett.

Dad: Thanks for taking time to answer some of my questions today. There are no wrong answers, I just want you to tell me whatever comes to mind.

Dad: Do you know what I do for a living?
Scarlett: You design buildings.

Dad: What kind of buildings?
Scarlett: You design houses for people. 

Dad: Anything else?
Scarlett: You designed our house. 

Dad: Do you need any special skills to be an architect?
Scarlett: You need to know how to draw the house.

Dad: What else?
Scarlett: You have to draw it, instead of only thinking about it.

Dad: Do you think it’s easy being an architect?
Scarlett: No!

Dad: Why do you think that is?
Scarlett: Because you have to draw lots of stuff for the houses. 

Dad: What are some of the jobs that are more difficult then being an architect?
Scarlett: Making toys.

Dad: Why do you think that would be harder than being an architect?
Scarlett: Because you have to make the stuff.

Dad: Instead of just drawing it?
Scarlett: You have to draw it first, then you have to buy the stuff and make it.

Dad: Do you have to be smart to be an architect?
Scarlett: Yeah.

Dad: How do you know this?
Scarlett: Because.

Dad: Because why?
Scarlett: Because you have to know the steps and how to draw it.

Dad: Is being an architect a difficult job?
Scarlett: Tiny.

Dad: A tiny bit hard?
Scarlett: I think so.

Dad: Why do you think that is?
Scarlett: Because you have to know how to draw the stuff and to tell the person how to do it.

Dad: Do you think being an architect is fun?
Scarlett: No. 

Dad: Why is that?
Scarlett: Because it’s not fun drawing the stuff.

Dad: Why is it not fun drawing the stuff?
Scarlett: Because you have to draw the steps and it’s boring.

Dad: Why do you think it’s boring?
Scarlett: Because it’s boring to just sit there and draw the stuff.

Dad: Do you need any computer skills?
Scarlett: Yeah, you do.

Dad: Are architects mostly men, women or a mixture of the two?
Scarlett: Kind of boyish/girlish.

Dad: A mix of the two?
Scarlett: Uh huh.

Dad: Is mommy an architect?
Scarlett: Yeah. Mommy and you are architects.

Dad: Do architects have to work a lot of hours?
Scarlett: Yeah.

Dad: Why do you think that is?
Scarlett: Because…ah…what was the question? 

Dad: Do architects have to work a lot of hours?
Scarlett: Because it’s hard to draw all the stuff.

Dad: Do I miss anything because I work a lot?
Scarlett: Yeah a little bit.

Dad: Like what?
Scarlett: Like today how mommy had to clean up my room instead of exercising.

Dad: Well, that has nothing to do with her work.
Scarlett: I know, but well…hum…I don’t know.

Dad: Do architects have to go to school?
Scarlett: They have to go to work.

Dad: Do they have to go to school to learn how to be an architect?
Scarlett: No!

Dad: No?
Scarlett: They don’t go to children’s school. 

Dad: What about grown-up school, like college?
Scarlett: No, you go to work.

Dad: How do people know if you’re a good architect?
Scarlett: I have no idea.

Dad: Does it take long to design a house?
Scarlett: Ah…yeah.

Dad: How long?
Scarlett: Maybe 50 hours a day?

Dad: 50 hours a day? There’s only 24 hours in a day. So, 50 hours like two or three days?
Scarlett: How about three hours?

Dad: Only three hours? That’s how long your in school for. 
Scarlett: Ok. Then maybe…a little longer then that? I don’t know.

Dad: How long does it take to build a house?
Scarlett: Fifteen minutes. 

Dad: Fifteen minutes? Is that all? That is how long it takes you to do your homework. Do you think you can build a whole house in fifteen minutes?
Scarlett: Ok, maybe not. How about one-hour?

Dad: Do you think being an architect is a good job?
Scarlett: Yes.

Dad: Why do you think it is a good job?
Scarlett: Because it’s a tiny bit fun drawing the stuff. A tiny bit.

Dad: Why only a tiny bit?
Scarlett: Because, ah…I don’t know.

Dad: Do architects make a lot of money?
Scarlett: Yes!

Dad: Why do you think that?
Scarlett: I don’t know.

Dad: You don’t know, but you think they do?
Scarlett: Uh huh.

Dad: Ok. Thank you very much.
Scarlett: You’re welcome.