First date: what are your Top 10 Questions?


A crumpled piece of binder paper on a table…

The couple were seated in the window of the downtown coffee shop. They both looked as nervous as a couple of a first date.

She was sitting up straight in the chair, smiling – in a strained, artificial manner. He, too was sitting erect. However, he was playing with the salt and pepper shakers – lightly pushing them left and right – avoiding eye contact.

She took a piece of paper out of her purse and explained something, and handed him the paper. He slowly took the paper, unfolded it and studied it. She stared – waiting for a reaction.

The man studied the paper and a smile crossed his face. He began to laugh. She looked confused. He pulled a piece paper out of his jacket pocket and handed it to her. Seeming perplexed,she scanned the paper. She laughed and crumpled the paper into a ball. They both were laughing loudly as they left the coffee shop. 

After they left, the other woman in the restaurant and I exchanged a look. I got up to retrieve the wad of paper. Here is what it said:

Top 10 Questions for a First Date

  1. How does love and affection play a role in your life?
  2. What is your favorite and most treasured memory?
  3. What’s one thing you’ve done, but will never do again?
  4. Who’s your best friend?
  5. . Who do you think knows you the best?
  6. How often do you talk with your parents?
  7. Name one of your biggest fears.
  8. Are you employed? Where?
  9. What do you value the most in a friendship?
  10. Do you think your childhood was happy or sad?

Never underestimate the power of questions.




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