Let's be real for a second...family get-togethers can be fun and awesome. BUT, sometimes they can be just as awkward. You could get stuck at the end of the table where you find yourself in the middle of every weird family dynamic there is, someone you're not sure if you just don't remember them or they're a new addition no one gave you a head's-up on, some young adult that simply doesn't want to be there, the relative that feels like the world is coming to an end sitting next to the person who thinks life is a joke. Or, you may be the fifth wheel to every relationship or sitting with just one other person with your dinner plate on your lap because there wasn't room for you with everyone else at the main table.
Listen, I hope you don't find yourself in any of these situations...but if you do, it's always good to have questions in your back-pocket (or your phone if you're from the 21st century and not in my world of 80's references). As I've been known to carry a list of 50 questions with me that has now grown to 100...let me share a few with you. But here are my rules that always help...everyone has to answer, and you have to be flexible enough to let the question lead to other questions or conversations. Then, when the conversation slows, you ask the next one.
So in advance, you're welcome. :) Now, you can feel sorry for who I'm spending thanksgiving with this year!!
- Which character in a book best describes you and why?
- If you could be a famous person for a week, who would you be and why?
- What are the qualities that make you a good friend?
- What is the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?
- What is your favorite family tradition?
- What is one thing you are grateful for today?
- What is the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten?
- What is your greatest talent or ability?
- What two items would you grab if your house was on fire?
- If you had the attention of the world for just 10 seconds, what would you say?