1. How long have you played the piano?
I’ve played the piano almost as long as I’ve had to endure unrelenting soliloquies from people who pretend to seek my insight but really just sought a vapid bobblehead to affirm their own opinions.
2. Do the kids do piano lessons as well?
sì, each of my children must learn the lesson of having to exercise the restraint and discipline it takes to be lectured to by someone who fails to fully acknowledge my intellectual prowess, my professional resume and the sanctity of my time by refusing to extend even the courtesy of assuming that I need no instruction.
3. You and your husband have seven kids. How did you manage with the distance learning? What was that like in the Barrett household?
The same way every other parent managed — with loving diligence and a sincere resentment that goes along with knowing that so much of this crisis could have been prevented. After watching your questioning at today’s confirmation hearings, I’m sure even those without school-age children can now relate to the frustrating experience of wanting to learn from someone whose job it is to impart wisdom, only to be undermined by a random chat by someone who demonstrably lacks focus and clearly hasn’t been paying attention.
4. What advice would you give little girls?
I would paraphrase the woman whose seat I have been nominated to fill
: Tell your brethren to do you no favors
, but insist that they take their feet off your neck
, and instead be quiet long enough for you to answer with the benefit of your brain
Adesso, let’s hear from the judge about the issues that matter most.