An Interview With The Artist
Riley won a painting contest at school last week that got her a ticket on the first swan boat ride of the year with Boston’s mayor, Marty Walsh, and her friends. I interviewed the artist about this great accomplishment.
Me: Why did you paint a swan?
Riley: It was our art project.
Me: Does everyone in your class do the same project every time?
Riley, while rolling her eyes: Have you seen my barn? Have you seen my flowers? We don’t do the same thing. Right now we’re doing cakes and cupcakes.
Me: No, I mean does every kid do the same project? Like do they all paint the same thing at the same time?
Riley: Yes. Like we all did swans, but they all look different because everyone draws differently.
Me: When you started this swan project, did you know about the swan boats?
Riley, unimpressed: No.
Me: So you just did your best but you didn’t know it was a contest.
Riley: Yeah. Like who won and who lost.
Me: How did you feel when you found out you won?
Riley: Happy because I really liked it that I won.
Me: And what did you win?
Riley: I won… I don’t know. Do you know?
Me: You won a ride on the first swan boat. And what else? Where does your painting go?
Riley: In Marty Walsh’s office, right?
Me: Well, it goes in City Hall.
Riley: What is City Hall?
Me: That’s where Marty Walsh works.
Riley: Like that’s where he writes notes and stuff? Where does he live? Does he live at the State House?
Me: He lives at his own house. City Hall is just offices where he works.
Riley: Have we ever been there?
Me: Yeah, I went there once to get a parking sticker for my car.
Riley: Wait, there’s a store there? Or did you get it from Marty Walsh?
Me: Marty doesn’t work at the parking section. I got it from someone else there. Did you like meeting the mayor?
Riley: Yeah, he was nice. I already know the mayor so you shouldn’t say meeting.
Me: How do you know him?
Riley: Because I just know him.
Me: What was your favorite part about the swan boat day?
Riley: I got a balloon, but it wasn’t the kind of balloon that had a string. It was just regular.
Congratulations winners and happy swan boat season, Boston!