The Stranger Beside You

how well do you know the person you are in a relationship with?


The Stranger Beside You

How well do you know your partner?

-Mandy Panter

a couple walking togetherA few years ago, the New York Times published a much-forwarded piece called “Questions Couples Should Ask (or Wish They Had) Before Marrying.”

It made a lot of sense, especially considering how may people I know who got hitched having no idea where their partner stood on, you know, minor issues like procreation and finances. So when little surprises like long-lost children in other lands, IRS liens and chronic health conditions finally came to light (and rest assured, they always do eventually), these couples had no idea how to cope.

But even after you’ve vetted your man and shacked up or married him, how well do you really know each other? Here are some questions you can ask each other over dinner-there are no “right” answers, but you might be surprised by what you never would’ve guessed:

• If you were forced to give up sex or the ability to speak for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

• What is my middle name and why did my parents pick it?

• If I died tomorrow, would I prefer to be cremated, buried or taxidermied?

• What would be my superpower of choice and why?

• What would I want served at my last supper?

• Who is on my “free pass” list?

• When I was a little girl, I dreamed of growing up and becoming a [fill in the blank].

• How old was I when I had my first kiss, and who was it with?

• What’s your favorite thing about me? (No need to limit it to just one!)

• If money were no object, what would my dream vacation be?

• Name one article of clothing you wish I would get rid of. (Bonus points if you actually ditch the offender.)

• What’s one thing you wish I would do more often?

• OK, one thing you wish I would do more often fully clothed?

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  1. I can’t wait to ask my husband these questions. I will report back his results. My money’s on the first kiss question being the toughest. I don’t think he has any idea. He likes to think he was the first. . .

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