The Land of Oz: Interview with a Fifth-Grader

The Land of Oz: Interview with a Fifth-Grader Derek Osborn is the Executive Director of PRIDE of Tuscaloosa by trade and writer by hobby. He lives in Tuscaloosa with wife Lynn, and their daughters, Savannah (aka “The Fifth-Grader”) and Anica.

Full disclosure: I struggled mightily with a topic of conversation for this months’ installment of the award-winning op-ed known as LoO. Okay, maybe not award-winning – but someday? 

As I contemplated covering something Halloweenish, or about October being my favorite month, or how much I enjoy cooler weather, I looked around the room and realized I had a really interesting topic sitting next to me …

A fifth-grader.  

Considering the fifth grade is the final step before ascending into the murky depths of middle school (and the fact that the fifth grader in this sample already thinks she is 18), I thought it might be interesting to ask her some thought-provoking questions (some admittedly more serious than others). 

DO: First of all, what are you dressing up as for Halloween? 

SO: Aurora (from Sleeping Beauty). Mom is Maleficent and my sister is young Maleficent. Oh, and you are the Bird.  


DO: Oh, wonderful. Currently, what is your favorite song?  

SO: “American Pie” (Don McLean). A friends’ sister was studying music history, and shared the song with me. I fell in love with it. 


DO: That’s a great answer. I thought it was “JuJu on That Beat.” 

SO: (Laughs) No Daddy.  


DO: What do you think is the biggest issue in the world today? 

SO: Probably the issues with North Korea. But I don't watch the news much.  


DO: Gummy worms or Sour Patch Kids? 

SO: Sour Patch Kids. 


DO: If you could make one recommendation to the president to make our country a better place, what would it be? 

SO: Spend more money on education. A lot of our schools need to be renovated, and teachers need to be paid more for doing the job that they do. After all, it is the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs that we’re talking about. That's kind of important.  


DO: Speaking of that, what do you want to be when you grow up? 

SO: I don’t know yet, but I want to be someone who makes a difference in the world.  


DO: If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why?  

SO: Probably Susan B. Anthony. I would like to see how life was when she was alive and the difficulties she had while fighting for equal rights.  


DO: Another great answer. Last one … if you could change one thing about your parents, what would it be? 

SO: What are you talking about? I’ve got the best parents in the world!

DO: (Laughs) That’s right.  


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Derek Osborn

Executive Director at PRIDE of Tuscaloosa, the only  non-profit agency in the Tuscaloosa area that informs and educates the parents, students, and community about the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs.


Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.



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