Small talk: From the mouths of babes, answers to some of life’s tougher questions

Ty Enoch (below). Photo: Cramer Photo Ty Enoch (below). Photo: Cramer Photo

Kids think they have all the answers. And maybe they do. We put a few to the test, sending out a Q&A to youngsters age 5 to 16.

Most of our participants were born after the millenium. They don’t remember using payphones. They’ll never know the frustration of dial-up Internet. But there’s a lot of wisdom to glean from their young minds, as our questionnaire proves.

We asked everything from the serious (what would you do if you were president?) to the silly (if you could be a sound, what would you be?) and were surprised by many of the answers. It’s true: Kids really do say the darndest things.

Photos by Cramer Photo

Photo: Cramer Photo
Boy wonder

Erik Rebhorn

Age: 5

Attends: Cale Elementary School

Likes: TV, candy, Star Wars.

Dislikes: His sister’s puppy dog face.

What would you do if you were president? Make Leo [his friend from daycare] the mayor even though no one else in kindergarten knows him.

What advice would you give your parents? Be the guards of me and do nice things to me.

If you grew up to be famous, what would you want to be famous for? Looking up into space.

At what age is a person an adult? What makes you think so? 20, because the oldest teenager is 19.

What’s the hardest thing about being a kid? Moms and dads get to do a lot of things that kids don’t, like being the boss of a conference.

What do you think life will be like in five years? I can be the same size as my sister even though she is three years older than me and will be 13.

How do you know if you’re in love? When I’m with my mom.

What do you know how to do that you can teach to others? Reading.

If you could be a sound, what would you be? A rifle gun blasting.

If you could choose a new name for yourself, what would it be? I like my name.

If you could invent something that would make life easier for people, what would you invent? Something that makes parents be kids so we could do whatever we want.