Meet a Parent: Cristin Searles Bilodeau

[ 0 ] January 31, 2008 |

Cristin And Family-1Neighborhood: East Side of Providence
Kidoinfo Interviewer: Katy Killilea

Kidoinfo: Where were you born?
CSB:
Boston.

Kidoinfo:
How long have you been in Rhode Island?
CSB:
I’ve been in Rhode Island since eighth grade (scary), except for being an undergrad in upstate NY, and doing grad school in NYC.

Kidoinfo: What is your current state of mind?
CSB: Slightly spazzy. I’m trying to focus on NOT multitasking; just doing one thing at a time and seeing it through to completion.

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
CSB: My hilarious husband, Eric, and our cheeky kids, Alice and Leo.

Kidoinfo: What trait do you most admire about your family?
CSB:
We laugh and laugh and laugh.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
CSB:
Travel (but ask me the last time I went anywhere exciting!).

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
CSB: A neighborhood bar with draft beer and buffalo wings, watching the Red Sox or Pats with my husband and friends OR the same scene, but with red wine and a handful of tipsy girlfriends.

Kidoinfo:
Where would you most like to live?
CSB:
Florence. No, Paris. Maybe Berlin. Nova Scotia? OK, I’d settle for Prudence Island if they could ‘off’ the deer ticks.

Kidoinfo:
What do you like to do when you are not with your kids?
CSB: Work in my studio, which is lovely with them, but lovelier without!

Kidoinfo:
What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
CSB:
Having new, clean, gender-appropriate clothes for them.

Kidoinfo:
What is your most treasured possession?
CSB: This is a tough one . . . there isn’t much ”stuff” I treasure. It would have to be the three rings I wear together–my wedding band and the baby rings I had made with the kids’ birthstones.

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
CSB: Ability to travel through time!!!

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
CSB:
I’m coming up empty . . . there is no mom in The Botany of Desire! How about an inspirational woman, if not a mom? That would be Beryl Markham from West with the Night.

Kidoinfo: What do you do when you are not with your kids?
CSB:
When I’m not with the kids, I teach spinning at the East Side YMCA four times a week, volunteer on the board of the RI Diaper Bank, work part-time as a bookkeeper and part-time as a beekeeper with Eric, make costumes for theater and dance, and (most importantly) do my sculpture work in my studio in Pawtucket. You know—just a couple of extra things because having two kids under five isn’t so hard, right? (See Cristin’s sculpture work online at www.cadetompkins.com.)

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
CSB:
Second-guess my answers.

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Katy Killilea

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Katy Killilea lives in Barrington with her husband, their sons (2001 + 2003), and a dog named Grover. Katy loves reading, cooking, loud pants, the Beehive in Bristol, and learning everything she can about Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. She says more about that at Bigfoot Child Have Diabetes.

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