Friends cast

Friends cast

Last week, we visited my twin sister and her four-year-old daughter. At the dinner table…

…they have a question jar, and they pick out a question each evening to ask each other. The night we were there, the question was, “What would you like to be good at one day?” (Her daughter’s answer: “Being invisible.”)

Their nightly ritual reminded me of the Proust Questionnaire, a parlor game of 35 questions that apparently reveals your true nature. (Bum bum bummm.) Want to play? Here’s a shortened version, and please feel free to leave your answers in the comment section, and I will, too!

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

What is your greatest fear?

Which living person do you most admire?

What is your favorite journey?

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?

Which talent would you most like to have?

What is your current state of mind?

Where would you like to live?

What is your most marked characteristic?

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

What are your favorite names?

What is it that you most dislike?

What is your motto?

Vanity Fair runs the questionnaire with celebrities on the last page of each issue — here’s Tina Fey, Tiffany Haddish and Ina Garten. Some people answer them seriously, and others with jokes. Really looking forward to reading your thoughts!

P.S. Little kids’ funny questions, and Nora Ephron’s party trick.
P.P.S. Is questionairre questionaire questionnaire the hardest word to spell?

(Proust Questionnaire was inspired by my new friend Haylie Swenson.)