These questions were suggested by Amy (and Cassie) of Amy and Aaron’s Real Life Reviews by Amy and Aaron
Hey Karrit, what makes you brave enough to enjoy wonderlanding?
I don’t know that I’m really that brave. Most of my wonderlanding is done when I read. It’s pretty safe to read. And when I write, things feel even more real than when I read. When I read, it’s like I’m there. When I write, it’s like I’m totally there, and I’m actually building a world. It’s a great feeling, but if I stop, I’m home and I’m safe. When I travel while I’m wonderlanding, it is scary. I was afraid to go visit Suzy even though I thought things out first with my mother and father. I had a special button that I could have pressed that would have taken me home as fast as a lighting bolt can go from the sky to the ground, but it was scary.
I guess I just like adventures, and I really like to help my friends. Suzy wasn’t really a friend of mine yet when I went wonderlanding to see her, but it felt like she could be my best friend because I live her under her bed and I felt like I knew her. Suzy was lonely. I think that being lonely is one of the worst things in life, and I wanted her to be happy.
Did you ever see the movie, E.T.? I love the way that the little boy makes friends with E.T.
And, I remembered reading the book, The Neverending Story. In it a boy makes friends with a luck dragon, and it does it because the luck dragon, Falkor, did him a favor first. My dad always tells me, Karrit, to make a friend ask a favor, or better yet do a favor. It’s too long to print out the book here, but here’s a clip from the movie. See how the luck dragon, Falkor, has done a favor for Atreyu. That’s the kind of favor that I wanted to do for Suzy. (If you have Amazon Prime, you can see it for free.)
And I guess I really like adventure. After they become best friends, Falkor takes Atreyu (A-TREY-U) on a wonderful ride. I haven’t had a chance to take Suzy on an adventure yet, but I’d like to soon. Take a peek at Atreyu riding on Falkor’s back.
How do you stop from worrying about things when you’re separated from your folks for more than just a little while?
Boy, that’s a hard question. I used to get nervous if I my mom and dad went out and I had a baby sitter, and then one day I was taking a bath with my mom, and she was washing my hair, and I was squeezing my eyes shut real hard, so hard that the shampoo snuck into my eyes and my eyes hurt. (My eyes are a lot bigger thtan human eyes so when they hurt, they really hurt.).
Then my dad walked in and said, “Karrit, don’t squeeze your eyes shut so hard–it makes it easy for the soap to get in. Just shut them and let the soap flow over them.” It worked, and since then I realized that a lot of the time I had been doing the same thing in other parts of my life. When Mom and Dad used to go away, I’d squeeze my mind shut so hard it made it easy for pain to sneak in.
Now, when my folks go away I just think of the pain flowing down and over me, and it doesn’t hurt. It’s funny how something my dad told me about keeping soap out my eyes helps me in so many other ways.