This past Thanksgiving I introduced a fun new tradition to our family meal. We passed around a bowl of questions throughout the meal. When the bowl came to you, you picked your question, read it aloud and answered it. The premise behind the “game” is that sometimes the people you are closest to are the people you know the least about. I honestly learned something new about each person at the table… and these are the people that I am closest to in the whole world!
I learned that Mother met Daddy-O on a blind double date when they were teenagers… except, my dad wasn’t the guy she was set up with that night!
I learned that Sister is the person that makes my brother-in-law laugh the hardest. How awesome is that?!?
I learned that my Daddy-O has a coin collection that is his most prized possession. I totally would have raided that for laundry money in college :-)
I learned that Honey’s biggest disappointment was the baby we didn’t have. It meant a whole lot to hear him say that without a moment hesitation… even three years and one beautiful son later.
Here is the list I used:
What was the home and the neighborhood you grew up in like?
Which of your parents were you closer to?
What was your role in your family?
What were your siblings like back then, and how did you get along with them?
What kind of student were you?
Other than family, who were the most important people in your life?
What were the happiest times of your childhood?
What were the biggest disappointments?
What were your hobbies?
What did you imagine your adult life would be like?
Were you and your spouse in love from the start or did it take time?
What has been the most rewarding part about raising kids?
What has been the most difficult part about raising kids?
Do you have any good parenting advise?
How are you like your parents? How are you different?
What was the best job you ever had? The worst?
How did you decide what field to enter?
Was there one person who had a big impact on your working life?
If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same career?
Who makes you laugh the hardest?
Do you have a favorite book or author?
Do you have a favorite movie?
What was the best trip you ever took?
If you could go somewhere you’ve never been, where would you go?
If you could live anyplace in the world, where would it be?
What are five things you couldn’t live without?
What’s your most beloved personal possession?
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Is there anything you always wanted to do but never did?
What were the best years of your life?
What was the hardest decision you’ve made?
What are the most important things in your life?
What do you consider to be your strongest character traits?
What traits or habits do you wish you didn’t have?
Do you believe that people can change?
Do you believe in God?
Has life made you more hopeful or more cynical?
What do you consider to be the biggest world events of your lifetime?
Do you think life now is harder or easier than when you were young?
What are you most proud of in your life?
What do you hope to be remembered for?
It was so much fun that I think I’m going to pull the bowl out again at Christmas later this week!