Dream Dinner Party
1. Guest one must be someone who is/was creative with words - a novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, journalist, etc. Who would you invite? This is a toughie! Now that my son is reading chapter books, I am thinking about some of the children's authors who meant a lot to me as a kid. From Louise Fitzhugh, Madeleine L'Engle, and E.L. Konigsburg, I would have to choose Madeleine L'Engle.
2. Guest two must be someone who is/was creative with images - a painter, photographer, sculptor, fabric artist, collage artist, etc. Who would you invite?
Michelangelo- ever since I read the Agony and the Ecstasy in high school I've wished to meet him.
3. Guest three must be someone who is/was a performer - an actor, singer, musician, comedian, acrobat, etc. Who would you invite? Bono- It is hard for me to put into words how much this man's music, words, and actions have meant to me since I was a teen.
4. Guest four must be someone who is charting/charted new territory - either in the physical sense, like an explorer, adventurer, or astronaut, or someone like a groundbreaking scientist or inventor. Who would you invite? Anna Coutsoudis- a professor of pediatrics and child health, who researches breastfeeding and HIV transmission.
5. Guest five must be someone who is/was a leader of other people - perhaps in the area of politics, like the literal leader of a country, or perhaps a leader in the area of religion, military, business, or even a great philosopher or teacher, or an inspiring athlete. Who would you invite? Aung San Suu Kyi
6. Guest six must be someone from any field who you believe is/was underrated and under-appreciated by most people, but whom you admire. Who would you invite? I would invite my husband, because he is most underappreciated by me; this is something I'm working on- he's a great dad and husband!
7. Guest seven is a wild card - your choice! Is there someone you'd like to invite who didn't seem to quite fit into any category, or was there a category where you'd have really liked to invite two different people? Then this is your chance to add the person you missed to the table. Who would you invite?
Martin Luther King Jr.
Bonus: Uh Oh! The dinner party is just about to end, and all your guests are about to disappear, and you realize that you've forgotten to ask one important question of one of your guests. You just barely have time to squeeze in that last question, so quick! - what was the question and who did you ask? I would ask Aung San Suu Kyi how she has coped with missing out on her children's lives, and with her husband's death while being under house arrest in Burma.