For a car filled with four teenagers and a middle-aged couple headed north, it was remarkably quiet. I settled back in the passenger’s seat and contemplated my choices. Should I take a nap and risk my husband making an “emergency” stop at Bass Pro Shop when I’m not looking, or stay awake and comment on his driving whenever applicable?
I chose to stay awake. He just loves it when I tell him how to drive.
Not far into the trip I began to hear questions arising from the middle seat, each one like the next in that they all started with the same three words. Would you rather ...
“Hey, I remember this game,” I said. We used to play it in high school. Only difference was, back then we would come up with the questions, scribble them on scraps of paper and pass them around the classroom when the teacher wasn’t looking. No fancy cell phones on which to look up questions, which is where they were coming from this particular afternoon. Still, they were thought- provoking. More so than the questions I can remember from high school, like ... would you rather eat dog food or cat food? I think I said cat food, but I can’t remember.
It does a brain good to think outside the box every now and then.
Would you rather always take a cold shower or sleep an hour less than you need to be fully rested? Would you rather always lose or never play? Would you rather always wear earmuffs or a nose plug? Would you rather be three feet taller or three feet shorter? Would you rather be a deep sea diver or an astronaut?
Would you rather be able to hear any conversation or take back anything you say? Would you rather be able to read everyone’s mind all the time or always know their future? Would you rather be able to stop time or fly?
Would you rather be an unknown minor league baseball player or a famous professional badminton star? Would you rather be born with an elephant trunk or a giraffe neck? Would you rather go without a shower for a month or go without brushing your teeth for a month?
Would you rather be forgotten or hatefully remembered? Would you rather go about your normal day naked or fall asleep for a year? Would you rather be hairy all over or completely bald?
Would you rather know how you are going to die or when you are going to die? Would you rather be rich and ugly or poor and good looking?
Would you rather be stranded on an island alone or with someone you hate? Would you rather end hunger or hatred?
Would you rather give up your computer or your pet? Would you rather go without television or a telephone for the rest of your life? Would you rather have a beautiful house and ugly car or an ugly house and beautiful car?
Would you rather have one wish granted today or three wishes granted in 10 years? Would you rather have x-ray vision or bionic hearing? Would you rather know it all or have it all?
Would you rather love and not be loved back, or be loved but never love? Would you rather make headlines for saving somebody’s life or for winning the Nobel Prize? Would you rather be the most popular person or the smartest person you know?
Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never speak again? Always have to say everything on my mind? Everything? Really?
What the heck. That wouldn’t be so bad.
He just loves it when I tell him how to drive.
Contact columnist Mandy Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.