Sometimes, especially at the end of the school year, if we have a little extra time in class, I’ll tell my students, “You can ask me any question you want to. I reserve the right to refuse to answer if it’s too personal.”
They love this. They get to see a more personal side of me than they often do. Generally they start with questions like what pets I have or what my favorite color is. One of them asked me how my husband proposed.
This time, a couple of students gave me scenarios to choose from. For example, “If you had to choose between having hiccups for the rest of your life, or for the rest of your life feeling like you had to sneeze but you couldn’t, which would you choose?” and “If you had to choose between having a dozen duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck, which would you pick?” Strange questions.
It’s fun to see their brains work in ways that don’t have a lot to do with grammar, writing, literature, or vocabulary. Some of them are strange people — but in a way that I like.
(For the record, I’d choose the unfulfilled sneeze and the duck-sized horses.)