Table Talk

[Table Talk]

Issue #119
Have you ever had this experience? A guest joins you for a meal at home... and manages to get a story or opinion out of a loved one you've never heard before. You kind of wish you were the one who drew it out of them. 

The thing about family is that so often we fall back on the same conversational patterns. In part, that's because admin so easily dominates home chat: who's collecting who, organising what and paying for it when. We're also guilty of pursuing the same lines of enquiry: How was your day? What happened at school? Did you have fun? And these questions illicit a response that's just as uninspiring.

The truth is, we can all get to know the people we love better... with the right questions. So we've put our heads together and come up with a series of questions—some inspired by actual studies on this topic—that you can whip out over the summer. 

The answers may surprise you.

Happy holidays!


What makes you feel grateful? 
If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be? 

Who's your oldest friend and how did you meet? 

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

If you could be invisible or fly, what super power would you choose? Why? 


What’s the best and worst thing about having siblings?

Do you believe in ghosts? 

Name your favourite thing about your grandparents.

Would you want to either be the best player on an awful team or the worst player on a great team?

What's your favourite season? Why?

When was the last time you blushed?
When was the last time you were scared?
What's your favourite smell?
Tell the person on your right your favourite thing about them.
What makes a great friend?

Would you want to be famous? In what way?

What is your most treasured memory?

If you could learn one thing about your future, what would it be?

Who was your favourite teacher at school or university, and why?

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?

What is the most annoying habit someone can have?
What do you value most in a friendship?
If you could be a cartoon character for a day, who would you be?
How do you think success should be measured?
If you could travel anywhere in time, where would you go? Who would you see?
Would you rather live for a week in your past, or a week in your future?

Which out of your friends are you most proud of?
If you could ask your pet three questions, what would they be?
What was your favourite toy as a child?
What was your favourite thing to do as a kid?
Would you say you are a leader or a follower?