What’s it like to be a kid?
The rooms are cozy and bright. The first room when you walk in is the sitting room. Giorgi told me, “I spend most of my time in the sitting room”. “Why Giorgi?” his mother asked. “The computer”, he responded. Do you spend a lot of time in the room where your computer is?
What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Giorgi told me that in Georgia, there are four meals a day. For breakfast, he usually eats buttered toast and hot tea. He has many different things for lunch and dinner, but his favorite dinner is pork chops.
What do you eat for lunch, and where do you eat? What is your favorite food?
He doesn’t eat lunch at school. There isn’t lunch time at school. Like most students, Giorgi waits to have lunch until he gets home. Some of his favorite foods are khinkali (a Georgian meat dumpling) and lobio (Georgian beans). He also really likes candy and spicy foods!
What chores do you have at home?
Sometimes, Giorgi goes to the shop to buy bread or other things for the house. He also helped his father plant grape vines recently. In a few years, they will be able to harvest the grapes for fruit and to make wine. Giorgi assists the priest at church on Sundays and sometimes Saturdays too. At church, he lights candles and helps with the service.
What jobs do your parents have?
Both of his parents were trained as doctors at university. His father is a dentist, as well as his aunt and grandfather. His mother doesn’t work now.
What time does school start, and what time do you go home?
School starts at 9:00 or 9:30 in the winter. Giorgi goes home at 2 or 3 o’clock, depending on how many lessons he has.
Giorgi gets to school by car. His parents drive him to school. Sometimes they walk together, when the weather is sunny.
What language do you speak at school? How do you say “Hello”? in your language?
Georgian. To say “hello”, you say “Gamarjoba!” The children are learning Russian and English in Giorgi’s class.
What are some common kids’ names at your school?
Giorgi is one of the most common names! Mari is also very common for girls. They are both names that come from saints.
What subjects do you study in school, and which one is your favorite?
Math and English are Giorgi’s favorites. He also studies Georgian, Russian, Geography, History, Art and Music.
What is your homework like?
Giorgi has about 3 hours of homework every day. After school, he also has tutoring in English and guitar lessons. His homework includes reading as well as memorizing poems or other texts.
What do you like to do after school? Do you have a favorite sport or game?
After school, Giorgi rests a little before starting his homework. After he finishes his homework, he likes to play computer games. Before he goes to sleep, he likes to read, especially detective and adventure stories. Have you read any great detective or adventure stories?
Who is your favorite famous person?
Giorgi’s favorite famous person is Nodari Dumbadze. He’s a Georgian author from the Gurian region, the same region we live in. He wrote funny stories and is well-liked by many Georgians. He wrote in the 1980’s.
What kinds of music do you listen to?
He listens to classical music and rock music. He especially likes Beethoven and Deep Purple. He listens to music on an MP3 player that he won in a school competition. He finds the music on the internet and downloads it. He can also play guitar! He played “Let it Be” by the Beatles and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zepplin for me. Have you heard of these songs and artists? He also played many Georgian folk songs, one about Guria, and one about Batumi, a big city nearby.
What would you like to be when you grow up?
Giorgi wants to be a detective. Do you think he is inspired by the books he reads?
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
He would go to America. I asked Giorgi where in America, since it’s very big, but he didn’t know enough about America to say where yet.
If you could say anything to kids in the United States, what would you say?
“I would say: Visit Georgia, make friends. Friendship between the whole world is important. Peace is started from friendship. If you have no friends, there cannot be any peace.”