Women We Love is a chance for us to
interrogate sit down with the women in our lives whose style we love, work we admire, and heart we adore. We give them the celebrated Proust Questionnaire—which dates back to 19th-century Parisian salons—and throw in a few of our own. Grab a coffee, something to take notes with, and get to know the women we love as they ponder love, death, and the meaning of life.
Without further ado, Susie Robinson.
When and where were you happiest? Last night, eating Van Leeuwen's honeycomb ice cream on my couch, with no pants on.
Who was the last person that gave you flowers? My nephew just picked me a flower from a field.
What is your favorite virtue? Kindness.
What is your greatest fear? Not seeing all of the world.
Which quality do you most desire in a man? Ambition tempered with selflessness.
Which quality do you most desire in a woman? Honesty and boldness.
Which quality do you most desire in a pair of jeans? Length (I’m 5’9” and some change) and a decent rise. Don’t show my undies when I sit down and I’m happy.
What do you consider to be the most overrated virtue? They are all underrated!
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Procrastination.
What is your greatest extravagance? Travel.
What is your most marked characteristic? My smile. It's big, it's bright, and I use it liberally.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? I blush far too easily.
What is your favorite occupation? Whatever Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake are doing.
Which talent would you most like to have? Musicality. I want to be in a band with my little sister. Play the piano. Sing. We’d be our own back up dancers too.
On what occasion do you lie? When I'm in bed, exhausted.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be a unicorn.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? How infrequent we’re all together…it’s never enough.
What is your most treasured possession? My passport.
What is your favorite journey? The one to the beach.
What do you most value in your friends? Their crazy, adventurous, and loving nature—along with their ability to be honest with me.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Not knowing the joy of a relationship with God.
Who is your favorite hero in real life? My three sisters.
Who is your favorite fictional hero? Ann Perkins, RN*.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Having seen as many colons as I have being a nurse, maintaining my sanity.
Where would you like to live? On top of a mountain in Switzerland where I get to snowboard down to work everyday.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A unicorn, obviously. Or a giraffe if whoever’s in charge of reincarnation is running short on horns.
*Ann Meredith Perkins, RN is a fictional character in the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. She is a nurse and the best friend of Leslie Knope, and tells you everything you need to know about Susie Robinson.