My 9-year old daughter pointed out to me tonight that I am not very good at picking favorites. This is a somewhat baffling situation for her, since childhood practically revolves around picking favorites. I used to have favorites, but over time I suppose I forgot the purpose and lost the inclination.
What's your favorite color? Chris' is orange-red. Melinda's is blue. Audrey's is purple and blue and a rainbow...okay maybe my indecisiveness has worn off on her. My favorite color is...orange or red or lime green...maybe teal, oh no--brown! no, probably orange. or lime green. I do like red though. hmmm...
What's your favorite candy? (the question that spurred the blogging) Melinda's is Twix, Audrey's is Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups. I don't even know where to start when trying to figure out mine--everytime I think of one (or type it) I change my mind.
What's your favorite animal? Melinda's is the hamster (this may change somewhat frequently, but she always has a favorite), Audrey's is the horse (this never changes). I typically cave in and say that mine is probably the bunny rabbit...simply for tradition's sake--that's what it was 15-20 years ago and I still like them, so why not? Of course, I'd rather cuddle with a kitty cat. yeah.
Are these favorites what defines us? Studies must support it somehow...picking "security questions" for accessing my accounts online is tortuous. I don't know who my favorite elementary teacher is. I don't know which childhood pet was my favorite. Asking about my favorite author can be a dangerous question to ask unless you have some time on your hands. Favorite band? song? book? word? Ha! Favorite child? pffft.
So be forewarned, that's all. If you need to ask me a "What's your favorite" question and want a speedy reply, the only safe question to ask is "What's your favorite season?" I know the answer to that one. (Of course, one mustn't be presumptive, so I'll wait until you ask before I answer.) I honestly don't know how people do it. How do you just know what your favorite cereal is? Advice welcome.