"I Know Him So Well"

April 10, 2008

A couple of weeks ago we went to an Elder's Quorum activity. These don't happen very often so we didn't really know what to expect. There weren't all that many couples there, and while we were loitering around the snack table someone asked us if we would participate in the "Newlywed Game" they had set up. He said the question was rhetorical, which I assume meant we really didn't have a choice, so I said "Absolutely we will".
Richard and I and 4 other couples filed up onto the stage, and as I checked out our competition, I was feeling pretty confident. Then they asked the husbands to leave the room, asked the wives a number of questions about our spouses which we wrote down on some torn up pieces of paper, and then brought the husbands back in. Time to show our stuff.
The first question was "What is your husband's least favorite food?" One man said "Steak" and his wife replied "You are an idiot!" Another guy said "Casseroles". His wife had guessed "Fatty Foods" which was deemed too vague. Richard answered "Tomatoes", and I smugly showed my card that clearly read "TOMATOES", and I couldn't help but think to myself "We are going to win the crap out of this competition!!!"
It was the only question we got right all night.

So, yeah, we lost miserably. The winners got a bucket of popcorn and a gift certificate to Block Buster. Some members of the audience said that as the losers, maybe we should have won the prize so that we would be forced to spend more time together. Naturally, losing this way sparked some discussions about how we would answer these questions in the future, so, here is what Richard and I learned about each other that night and the nights that followed

  • Richard's least favorite subject in school (BYU) was Music Appreciation. I enjoy the irony of that.
  • I really don't have a favorite movie (How could I pick just one?)
  • If Richard had to choose between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood, he would pick Clint (I knew that, but he thought I would think the answer was John.)
  • My pet peeve is people talking on the phone while driving. (This doesn't stop ME from doing it of course.)
  • In a choice between Ford, Chevy, and Dodge, Richard would pick Dodge (His actual choice is Bentley, but that wasn't one of the options).
  • If I won a million dollars, the very first thing I would buy is clothes. I said something noble like paying off debt and giving lots of it away. But let's be honest. I'm going to need some new clothes to wear before I can start my philanthropy. (I almost just wrote philandering. But that is NOT what I meant. Though,come to think of it, I would need some new clothes for that too, but that is a whole different kettle of fish.)

The other thing we learned is that questions like these are kind of dumb. You can know someone really well and have no idea how they would answer these questions. Be that as it may, I would like to do a Mother/Daughter activity where they have to answer questions about each other, so I am looking for good questions that really test to see how well you know someone. Any suggestions?

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  1. How about questions like: What color is your daughter's toothbrush? How many pair of shoes does your mom/daughter have? What is your daughter's favorite snack? Who does your daughter have a crush on? What is your mom's favorite color? How many boyfriends did your mom have? (that was submitted by Becca). Who was your mom's first kiss? How old is your mom? (submitted by Nathan). What did your mom want to be when she grew up?

  2. Elesa-
    We did a mother/daughter activity night and the them was "Freaky Friday" so the girls and mom kindof of swithched roles. I made this fun questionaire game to see how well they new eachother and I will email it to you. Hopefully it will be useful. The girls and moms seemed to really enjoy it. Let me know how it goes!

  3. Oops it was supposed to say "the theme was " not "the them was"... silly me!

  4. We were handed a little slip to fill out on Sunday, and they were all favorite whatevers. I either don't have favorites, or they change frequently, which makes it really tricky when it is part of a sign in process. Let's see, what was my favorite book at the time I signed up for this??

  5. Jo was wanting to play this as one of our family reunion games...I think I'd be funny. Good idea on some questions :)

  6. I think a question every daughter should know about their mom is what they were going to be when they grew up.??
    My kids think I just wanted to be a mom, they don't really know what I majored in or what I would be doing if I didn't get married and have kids to tend to 24 hours a day, everyday. I really was a person and someday might follow my dreams and actually get back to my selfish and world changing asperations...after I change the world unselfishly raising my awesome kids.

  7. Tee hee. You wicked philanderer. I'm no good at thinking of questions I need to know about my daughter. Of course I know everything already. Who wipes your bum? MOM. Who cleaned up your puke this morning? MOM. Who is your absolute hero? MOM (well probably Dad really) What do you want to be when you grow up? A princess (married to my true love (his name is Nate)) See I would totally win.