Caroline Zancan is the author of We Wish You Luck.
Which talent would you most like to have?
After 14 years of Brooklyn apartments, I've never had the space or equipment to learn how to cook. I'm absolutely worthless in the kitchen. I'd like to be able to make elaborate, decadent meals before I die.
What is your most treasured possession?
The pearl ring my husband gave me to commemorate the birth of our son.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
An outdoor gathering with my family at my childhood home, lots of wine, lots of storytelling.
What is your motto?
Work hard, be kind.
How would you like to die?
At 84, in bed, asleep, just after returning home from a big adventure.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?
Maybe as a child or grandchild of one of my own children--I'd like to know them for as long as possible.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Outspokenness--not every opinion or thought that crosses your mind needs to be shared! A beat of silent contemplation before speaking can go a long way...
What is your current state of mind?
Hopeful! I see good things ahead.