A friend and her husband had me over for dinner one night this week. Partway through the meal, she asked us to read the question on the conversation starter napkin by our plates and then offer an answer.
Each person takes a turn answering all of the questions.
The question on my napkin was something like, “What was the most outrageous part of your day?”
I'd spent the entire day in my office, so nothing came to mind. Plus, I don’t do outrageous. And I would have preferred a 24-hour notice of said napkin question, as any good introvert desires. I’m only partially kidding.
I had nothing to offer on that particular question. But later, I jumped in and answered other people’s questions after having some time to think about my answers.
Years ago, I owned a conversation starter book called 4,000 Questions for Getting to Know Anyone and Everyone. A couple of friends and I had fun with it one night over coffee, but that was about the extent of its use.
The conversation starter napkin idea, though, is brilliant. It encourages deep conversation around the dinner table, and that’s what happened the other night.
We laughed. We may have cried a little, too. And in the end, we inched a little closer to one another. You can’t beat a night like that.
I hope you have a similar one soon.
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.