We’ve been itching to feature Miss Hattie as our “Meet a Small Fry” for months, but we worried our words couldn’t adequately do her justice, luckily a picture is worth a thousand! Daughter of Susan Petersen, creator of the Leather Moccasin phenomenon known as Freshly Picked, Hattie is a firecracker filled with sass, cheekiness, and intelligence. She loves to perform (catch her in action in our Valentine’s Day film here) and delights in sharing her passion for singing and dancing. Wickedly smart, sweetly sensitive, and hilarious to a fault, we often tell Hattie she should have her own TV show. Small Fries, meet Hattie:
What is your name? Hattie Mae Petersen.
How old are you? I am 7 years old.
Who is your mom? Oh, Susan May Petersen.
What does your mom do? She makes money.
Who is your dad? Christian Israel Petersen.
What does your dad do? He does work to make wood.
What do you want to be when you grow up? Chair lift operator.
What is your favorite food? Frozen yogurt.
What food do you not like? Tomatoes and mushrooms.
What is your favorite animal? Hummingbirds and butterflies.
Where do you want to live when you grow up? I want to live in Canada.
Who do you want to marry? I have no idea.
What does dad say? “Bye, I have to go to work”
What does mom say? “Don’t touch that!”
What do mom and dad do after you go to bed? Watch TV.
What is your favorite song? Call Me Maybe.
What is your favorite movie? Epic
Where is your favorite place to eat? Panda Express.
What is your favorite book? Caps for Sale.
What would you buy with a million dollars? 7 Mermaid Princesses.
What do you dream about? I dream about flying.
What are you scared of? I am scared of sharks.
Why is the sky blue? Because.
How would the world be different if animals could talk? Then you would know what they’re saying.
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? I wouldn’t panic.
What are 5 words that describe you? Cute, smart, funny, bouncy, crazy for cookies.
What was a time that you felt lucky? When I went to the zoo.
If you could make one rule that everyone had to follow, what would it be? Always wiggle your tooth so that it will fall out.
If you could give a gift to every child in the world, what would it be? Something that they’ve always dreamed of.
What is your favorite place in the world? Thanksgiving point.
And because behind every performer is a mom holding their breath in anticipation, here’s what Hattie’s mom Susan has to say:
“Hattie is the best girl I know. She is the best parts of me and the best parts of every woman that I’ve known before me. I try my best to teach her about the world around her and give her the tools necessary to navigate her life. But, I am constantly in awe of her and her capacity for love, her imagination, her compassion and her creativity, and I wonder how it is that this little girl has taught me more than I could ever teach her. And that is the understanding that I’ve come to, that seeing the world for a second time through your child’s eyes and borrowing their innocence and wonder to do so, is the true gift of being a mother.”