THINGS I WANT TO ASK WHILE I STILL CAN* (UNEDITED)
What is your favorite song?
Who was your closest friend?
What is your single favorite book?
Single favorite artist (in any medium)? Or piece of art?
Why did you marry him? Were you in love?
Did he break your heart? Did you break his?
Why didn’t you ever remarry?
Were you ever in love with anyone else?
In what city were you happiest?
What were the names of your grandmothers?
What decisions do you regret?
What decisions do you not regret at all?
What is the most important thing you have learned from life?
Do you believe in God? Has this changed over the years?
Do you believe in ghosts?
Do you believe in fate?
Do you know that I’m a lesbian? Do you care?
Do you care that my girlfriend isn’t Jewish?
Do you hate that I’m American?
What is your worst memory?
What is your best memory?
What pieces of knowledge do you most want me to pass on to your great-grandchildren?
What do you think is most important? Least important?
Whom do you think of at dusk while listening to sad music?
What do you dream about? What dreams, good or bad, do you remember?
In what language do you usually dream?
Have you ever had a supernatural experience?
Have you ever almost died?
What is the story of my mother’s birth?
What are the great recurring themes, images, or questions of your life?
What is the story you tell yourself? (about anything)
And what is your favorite flower?
* But probably will not. God forgive me.
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