If you are single, you have probably been asked all sorts of questions that are not always welcome or appropriate. Questions like, “Why are you single?”, or even worse, “Why are you still single?”
I’ve explained what’s wrong with those kinds of questions, in case it is not already obvious, and offered some of my favorite answers before. You can find them here.
Another question just assumes that if you are single, of course you fantasize about potential romantic partners. It is not just ordinary unmarried men and women who are subject to that childish, matrimaniacal way of thinking. Fully grown, tremendously accomplished adults get treated that way, too
And sometimes they come up with excellent answers! My favorite is from nearly a decade ago. It was February of 2011, when protests on the streets of Egypt were riveting the nation and the world. Piers Morgan was interviewing Barbara Walters, and somehow he found time to ask her about the men in her life. (He meant the conjugal kind, of course.)
PIERS MORGAN: Come on, which man, if you had five minutes to live, you would take —
BARBARA WALTERS: if I had five minutes to live, I wouldn’t want to be with any man.
PIERS MORGAN: Really?
BARBARA WALTERS: If I had five minutes to live, I would be with my daughter and closest friends. At this point in my life, I would not want to [be] with any one man.
Next, Morgan wanted to get the dirt on Walters’ dating life. She responded by describing what Henry Ford had said to her years ago when she asked him the same question:
BARBARA WALTERS: …he said that’s none of your business. I thought, why don’t more people say that to me? Fortunately, they don’t.
But I’m going to say it to you. I think you’re adorable. I’m so happy you’re here. I think you’re the most charming man. I wish you every success. It’s none of your business.