To help navigate this tricky terrain, we've established a few substantive but non-intimidating topics to keep the conversation going when shit gets weird and you find yourself trying to avoid eye contact from across the table:1. Just in terms of where you grew up, what your interests were in high school, what your hometown was like, and what funny things happened to you as kids.
Actually, if high school's involved, maybe it could get a bit therapeutic. Your families If you don't think to ask up-front, you can actually go a surprising amount of time without even knowing what someone's parents do for a living.
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This is the hardest one to pull off, but it can work if you do it right.
Plus, studying up on their family members will make you extra prepared to maybe one day meet the folks.