My friend Ken Read had a wonderful post on his blog recently. He told about a report he'd heard on National Public Radio which featured a project asking people to summarize their lives in 6 words. SIX WORDS! Yikes! For word-o-philes like me, that's more of a challenge than Lays' "Bet you can't eat just one" campaign from years ago.
But the idea does give one pause. The 6-word summary idea was based on the rumor that Ernest Hemmingway had written one himself (not necessarily his own) to demonstrate the concept. His mini-mini-story was: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn." Wow. The mind jumps into high gear filling in the spaces for that one.
I happened to read Ken's entry last week while Lexi and Haley were so sick and Haley was taking her turn at C.H.O.C. I wrote him my 6-worder for the week: "Two granddaughters. In hospital. Same week" or was it "Two granddaughters in hospital. Really sucks" ? Either one would have worked.
Of course, the 6 words don't have to evoke pathos or pain. Ken (a college professor) had some great ones of his own that he posted on his office door:
- Gone crazy. Be back sometime soon.
- I'm not afraid to flunk you.
- Students beware. I am not organized.
- Thanks for, gosh, just being you.
- I'm stupid, but I'm not dumb!
- Living forever! So far, so good . . .
- I love Jesus. Jesus loves me.
Get the picture? I challenge you to give it a shot. I'd love to see what you come up with. (See, Kurt . . . That's ONE way to get comments! :o) )
So based on my post last night, my 6-worder for this weekend: "Gonna see some movies. Can't wait!"