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!