6 Words

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.
— Mark Twain

So last week I ordered Not Quite What I Was Planning: 6-Word Memoirs and when it arrived, I read it in about half an hour.  It’s fascinating: people–famous and not–were asked to tell their life stories in exactly six words.  Some of them are funny, some sad, some incredibly poignant:

  • Came, saw, conquered, had second thoughts. — Harold Ramis
  • When I proposed, she said yes. — Josh Neufeld
  • Scarred by 9/11; helped by penguins. — Audrey Blackburn
  • Everyone who loved me is dead.  — Ellen Fanning
  • Catholic girl. Jersey.  It’s all true.  — Mary Elizabeth Williams
  • Asked to quiet down.  Spoke louder. –Wendy Lee
  • The light that night was perfect. –Lara Swimmer

That’s just a sampling.  So, of course, it got me thinking: What would my life story be in six words?  I came up with:

  • Lost hearing, found self, loved much.

I think that pretty much sums it up.  And I wondered what you (all three of you who read me) would come up with.  If you’re up to the challenge, leave yours in the comments.  I can’t wait to read them!


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