Do you remember Ernest Hemingway’s short, short story. For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.? At the Smith Magazine Larry Smith used Hemingway’s story as inspiration and asked his readers to describe their lives in six words. It was supposed to be a month long competition but now five years later it’s still going strong.
Oprah Magazine ran an article on the six word memoir this month and there were some great ones in there. My personal favourite was Trudy Love Tantalo, 60 who came up with Was hot. Raised kids. Lost cool. Although kudos also goes to Kimberly Kilroy, 53 with Still fit into high school earrings. There were some particularly poignant ones as well, Melinda Hui, 38 Abandoned at 5. Learning to thrive. While Melanie Barbour, 34 shared Stage IV cancer made me live.
How would you define your life in six words?
I’m struggling with the task so far I’ve come up with a few.
Forward thinker, attracts chaos, tries hard.
Always making do while dreaming big.
Laughing through the insanity of life.
Will have to give it some thought and come back later with a more refined final version. In the meantime, what have you got? Six words, your life, go ….