One thing that my wife and I like to do is take road trips. Fortunately, her family only lives a few hours away, which makes it reasonable to go see them more often. My family, however, is an over 20-hour trip by car, which makes this a trip we take only seldomly.
Over the long hours, we often decide to do things that will spark interesting conversations. One thing we do is “my favorite things”. In this case, it has little to do with the Sound of Music, though schnitzel with noodles actually does appear high on my list favorite things. Throw in crisp apple strudel too.
We each take a turn listing a category such as “my favorite restaurant to get a hamburger it”. We then have to guess what the other person will say. The person then reveals his or her answer and takes a minute to talk about why and what comes in second place.
We try to think of interesting things that do more than scratch the surface. We learned long ago what our favorite movies are, our favorite books, our favorite TV show. Be a little more specific so that it takes more thought. What was your favorite song when you were in high school? What’s the best present that I’ve ever given you for Christmas?
Using these times when you have hours together on the road
is an idea that should be used to it’s fullest. You never know what you might learn about the person you see almost every day.