I had never heard of the “Famous Proust Questionnaire” until I read David Bowie Answers the Famous Proust Questionnaire on Brain Pickings. The questions all seem pretty basic, the makings of a really lame blog post, but questionnaires are one of the things we bloggers do, so here goes.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? – the simple things in life
What is your most marked characteristic? – I really don’t know. You’d have to ask someone who knows me.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? – My sons.
What is your greatest fear? – Losing people.
What historical figure do you most identify with? – Never thought about it. There are a number of historical figures I find interesting but “identify with”? None of them really. And, we don’t really know historical figures do we? We only know what historians tell us about them. I’m not saying that’s necessarily inaccurate but it is certainly incomplete.
Which living person do you most admire? – My husband. He can be annoying sometimes but he’s really an all around great guy.
Who are your heroes in real life? – Good writers, novelists.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? – Lack of confidence, being easily intimidated by certain kinds of people.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? – Arrogance.
What is your favorite journey? – My daily walk to the mailbox. We have a really long driveway so the walk to the mailbox and back is close to a quarter of a mile.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? – Being a “self starter”. There’s nothing wrong with needing a little help getting started.
Which word or phrases do you most overuse? – Really. (But you knew that already, didn’t you?)
What is your greatest regret? – That I worked while my kids were growing up.
What is your current state of mind? – A little bored.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? – I would have the extended family (and by that I mean in-laws) get together a lot more often.
What is your most treasured possession? – At first that seems like a very tough question because I tend to “treasure” my possessions probably too much so I’m tempted to say “all of them” but when I think about it for a minute it’s actually easy: My sewing machine. It was my grandmother’s, a Singer treadle machine. It’s really beat up looking but it sews great. I have had it since I was 18 and I never have any desire to sew on anything else.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? – Not sure. I don’t think I’ve ever been there.
Where would you like to live? – Right here. A fancier house would be nice but I want it right here.
What is your favorite occupation? – Sewing. Or reading. Or just sitting on the front porch looking at my front yard, listening to the birds, etc.
What is the quality you most like in a man? – The ability to engage in an intelligent conversation.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? – The ability to engage in an intelligent conversation.
What are your favorite names? – Not sure. I like names that are interesting and uncommon but not too weird.
What is your motto? – The secret to lifelong happiness is to learn to love weeds.