Lewie - My Eight Year-Old Dreamer


Ever since Lewie started talking (around age two), I've been recording his funny sayings and comments.  Since age five, I've been having more formal interviews--What is your favorite color? What do you want to be when you grow up?  Sometimes his answers change from year to year; then again, sometimes they stay the same.  I think you'll see why this year, at age eight, I have labeled him "The Dreamer."

Here is my son's world as an eight year-old.  Let me introduce you to "Lewie Pro-Skills" or "The Enchanted Diamond Lewie":

Q:  What is your favorite color?
A:  Orange

Q:  What is your favorite book?
A:  The Polar Express  (Of course, we also love books by Mo Willems, and lately we've been bringing books home from The Magic Tree House series.)

Q:  What is your favorite cartoon?
A:  SpongeBob Square Pants

Q:  What is your favorite movie?
A:  Captain America: Civil War

Q:  What is your favorite song?
A:  "Once I was seven years-old"  (Translation "7 Years" by Lukas Graham.  He didn't want to turn 8 because of this song.  "Mommy, I wish I could be seven forever.") 

Q:  What is your favorite board game?
A:  Uno (Okay, that's a card game, but that is his favorite!)

Q:  What is your favorite computer game?
A:  Minecraft  (but lately he's been playing a lot of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare)

Q:  What is your favorite place?
A:  "The train museum" - he is referring to the Danbury Railway Museum

Q:  What is your favorite thing to do at school?
A:  Recess

Q:  Who is your favorite teacher?
A:  Mrs. Kranz (his teacher from kindergarten)

Q:  What is your favorite sport?
A:  Basketball

Q:  What is your favorite food?
A:  French Toast

Q:  What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?
A:  To take walks and jump on the trampoline

Q:  What do you want to be when you grow up?
A:  A YouTuber (like Dan TDM from the Diamond Minecart or Pat and Jen from PopularMMOs)

Sayings - "Don't judge me."  "To be honest to you..."  "Mommy, I just love my life."  
"Four hours later."  "Let me customize my character."  "Can I watch just one more video?"

I must say that Lewie is growing up during a different generation, and there is no doubt that pop culture is playing a major influence.  As part of the "Selfie Generation," he is interested in Facebook, blogs, YouTube, and Instagram.  He doesn't have his own accounts, but he'll often ask me to take a picture or video and then post it to Facebook.  When he plays his video games, he narrates to an imaginary audience (as if he is practicing for his big YouTube debut).  In fact, while I've been typing this blog post, I've had to ask him to speak a little softer because it gets difficult to concentrate over his loud, animated, monologue.

This is the first year that Lewie has generally been interested in my blog, and he wants to see what I post.  He wants to see his pictures and videos, and he wants to know how I create everything.  In fact, if I had to say one defining characteristic about Lewie at this age, it's that he wants to make and create EVERYTHING.  Here are just a few things he wants to invent/make:

* An electric car that runs on solar with advanced GPS tracking 
* A train that runs on solar power
* His own medicines to cure diseases
* His own Lionel toy train sets (He would sell them on Amazon...as he explains.)
* His own video games
* His own YouTube channel
* His own music mixes
* His own search engine like Google

Sometimes when he considers his plans, he tries to figure out the pricing and the marketing.  He hasn't become a true entrepreneur yet because he wants to give everything away for free or close to free.  "Mommy, my cars are going to be super safe.  I don't want to charge a lot because I want everyone to drive in a safe car.  I probably won't charge more than $100."  In this case, my son may be more of a philanthropist.

I've considered signing Lewie up for computer classes.  (He's expressed interest in Photoshop, web design, game design, game animation software, etc.)  However, his reaction to taking classes proves that he's still way too young: "I don't need to take these classes, Mommy. I already know it."

Hmmm... to be an eight year-old is to be caught somewhere in between the world of imagination and the world of reality.  My son is constantly dreaming big things but he doesn't necessarily want to embrace the reality of how he can get there.  So for now, I let my son embrace this wonderful sense of childhood wonder and curiosity...

Maybe one day, he will invent the very first solar powered car.


  1. I know you can buy a programming software geared towards kids for them to learn how to make Minecraft stuff. I've considered it for my oldest but it's a little pricy for me.

  2. I love reading interviews with kids and hearing the funny/creative things they come up with! My son also loves the song 7 years and sings it a lot :)


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