Conversations on the Couch with Will & Tommy Jock

Thursday afternoons are without a doubt my favourite time of the week because that's when I pick my nephews, Will (11) and Tommy (9) up from school and spend the afternoon with them - no parents allowed.

The conversations we have from the backseat of the car are often so insightful they render me speechless - and that's certainly saying something! So, no surprise that it eventually occurred to me that some of our conversations might make for an interesting Conversation on the Couch interview. Out of the mouths of babes...

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Will: I want to be an SES worker and help people in emergencies.

Tommy: I want to be a taxonomist.

Aunty Jodie: Is that someone who stuffs dead animals?

Tommy: No! It's a person who studies groups of animals and sometimes they can discover new species.

Aunty Jodie: Oh. Cool!


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Will: I would have super-strength.

Aunty Jodie: Why is that bud? What would you use it for?

Will: I don't know. I would just be super strong instead of weak.

Aunty Jodie: You're not weak buddy.

Will: Yes I am.

Aunty Jodie: No you're not. Let's think of all the things you can do that require strength.

Will: Hmmm, well I can run three kilometers and I can kick the football really far...

Aunty Jodie: Now you're talking. What about you Tom?

Tommy: I would have some superpower over the land and nature, like I could plant more forests and then make them grow super-fast and stuff.

Aunty Jodie: Hmmm, I think I sense a bit of a theme forming here.

Tommy: You sure do!


If you could be anyone in the world for just one day, who would it be?

Will: Dyson Hepple because he's an Essendon football player and that's cool, 'cause I barack for Essendon.

Tommy: No comment.


If you could change one law, what would it be?

Will: I would make bullying illegal.

Tommy: I would make parking free.


If you could teach anyone a skill, what would you teach them?

Tommy: Will would teach people how to fart.

Will: It's true, I'm really good at farting.

Tommy: Yeah, especially in the shower!

Will: Tommy, for the last time, that was NOT me!


What's the hardest thing about being a child?

Tommy: Bed time.

Will: Homework.


If you could time travel, where and when would you go?

Tommy: I would go into the future to when I'm 21 and see if I made it into the AFL.

Will: I'd go back in time to spend some time playing with Ty (our old dog).

Tommy: But I don't know how I'd do it because no one would be able to see me.

Will: Yeah, cause if your parents see you when you're younger and now, it just couldn't work. They'd be like, "What the?!"


Who's your favourite aunty in the whole wide world?

Tommy: I don't want to say because I wouldn't want the others to get upset.

Aunty Jodie to herself: I'll take that as a win!


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  • Comment Link paul Saturday, 04 June 2016 07:24 posted by paul

    Hello Jodie sounds like you have a couple of switched on young lads there, some well thought answers there.

  • Comment Link Mel Wednesday, 01 June 2016 20:45 posted by Mel

    A great read Jodie, made me smile

  • Comment Link Fiona Wednesday, 01 June 2016 18:37 posted by Fiona

    Beautiful Jode!

  • Comment Link Fran Hynes Wednesday, 01 June 2016 17:33 posted by Fran Hynes

    Fun reading Jodie, kids do have a great take on the world. They always remind me that we were young once and looked at things in a very different way. We do get so caught up with "stuff" in this adult world.

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