Tucker turns 13 on Tuesday. I sat down with him tonight and interviewed him using the same questions I asked Tatum, his 11 year-old sister, before her birthday. I didn't let him see her answers...he did a lot of clowning, and then got surprisingly profound with his responses. I kept them just as he gave them, because...well because, this is who he is at thirteen. Here's what he said:
1. Who are your heroes?
Tim Teebow, God, Elvis, The Beetles and Batman.
2. What is the biggest thing that has happened during your life, so far?
Getting to move back to Georgia after having to move away and leave all my friends and my house to live in Florida for a year (the worst year of my life).
3. What do you think is the biggest problem in our country today?
Poverty and gas prices.
4. What famous person would you most like to meet?
5. What sets you apart from other people your age?
I care deeply about things and people.
6. What do you want to do as an adult?
Help build the first colony on the moon as an aerospace engineer.
7. How do you want to be remembered?
As the guy who built the first colony on the moon as an aerospace engineer.
As the hot kid on the block.
As being smart and friendly. And a good son.
8. What brings you joy?
Video games, seeing my friends, going to youth group, hanging out with my mom, buffalo wings, burping and jokes. And Megan Fox.
9. What makes you sad?
Children dying and animal abuse. And Megan Fox not being in the third Transformers movie.
10. What things do you want to improve about yourself?
Not be so addicted to technology (video games, tv, computer games).
11. What do you like most about yourself?
I'm a good friend. I work hard at school. I'm a good son.
12. If you could go back an relive one day from your life, what day would you pick?
The day when I was eight and we were at Sea World, and we were playing carnival games at one part of the park. My mom was tossing rings on these bottles, trying to win me a prize. She got a ring on the bottle to win me a gigantic Sonic the Hedgehog stuffed toy, but my sister threw a ring at the same time and knocked it right off before the guy in charge of the booth could see it, so I didn't win it. If I could live it over, I'd make sure Paige never threw her ring.
13. What kind of family do you want to have in the future?
An intelligent, sophisticated, humorous, good-looking wife and 2 or 3 gifted, adorable children.
14. What angers you?
Bullying, women being abused, AIDS and cancer.
15. What do you know is true?
God is real.
16. What is confidence?
Knowing what to do in different situations and feeling brave while you do it, because of the life-skills you already have and what you know about yourself.
17. If you were President, what would you do?
Lower the prices of oil. Improve trade with other countries. Invest in NASA and build the space program again. Try to end poverty and hunger in the US and contribute more to cancer research.
18. If you become a father, what will you be like?
Grateful. I would really be grateful all the time that I got to be a father. Kind, caring, loving, patient, mature, giving and compassionate. Adoring and faithful.
19. If you could write a book, what would it be about?
How to be a good father and how to be good to your wife and family because they're all you have.
20. What is important to you?
9. video games
10. food: buffalo wings, Pizza, BBQ, ribs, steak, spicy potato chips, Cheese Fries at Outback.