Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"I Wish My Baby Was Born" - Dillard Chandler

According to legend, Ernest Hemingway once bet $10 that he could write a novel in six words.

His novel:

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” he wrote.

While on my mill, I heard this story on PBS last week.  Not sure why this story struck such a chord with me. [although, I have my thoughts].

The story came and went They moved onto another story . . . . but my brain/thoughts stayed with the past story.  The entire run. 

What are my "six words" ? 
What would I choose to say in "six words" ? 
How would others remember me in "six words"
How would I describe myself in "six words" ?

I came up with quite a few. 
Some funny.  Some real.  Some were more like dreams.  Some I'd probably pay someone to say about me.  Some were lame.  Some were borrowed.  Some were painful.  Others, laugh out loud funny.

I told this story to the Peanut and Pita when they awakened.  [They didn't find it nearly as intriguing but.......]

Peanut wasted NO time saying her six would be:

"creative, artistic, nice, friendly, pretty awesome".

The Pita said:

"me, me, me, me, me, me"

Ya, thanks for playing.
Here's an inside view of my brain and what it came up with.  [* denotes a "borrowed" thought]

1.  My Life Is Defined By Moments.
2.  One decision can change your life.
3.  I want you to want me. *
4.  Stop in the name of love.*
5.  Don't be afraid He is there.
6.  Just breathe just love just forgive.
7.  Don't cry. Don't stress. Don't fear.
8.  Is there something I should know. *
9.  True friends are cheaper than therapy.
10. How can I keep from singing?*
11. I heard it through the grapevine.*
12. In my mind out of sight.
13. you bet ...I've freaking got this.
14. Sometimes silence is the best revenge.

15. Mom, wife, sister, daughter of God.

What's your "six" ?


Anonymous said...

Yes, I will have another beer...

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Wow! This post gave me the goosebumps, I love the idea! I love Pita's reply ha, my six are probably a little like that.
Optimistic, dedicated, funny, runner (does that one count?), reliable and hungry ha!

Thank you for the sweet comment, you made my day!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I think mine would be about the same.

Child of God, sister, daughter, wife, mother.

Opps that 7, do prepositions count?

The Sean said...

Lost in wonder. No help required.

Generation X (Slomohusky) said...


Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Your posts are such good stories and come full circle!

My six: wife, athlete, daughter, sister, determined,loyal

Tom said...

Great post. I love how you work so many song titles in your posts.

I'm all for simplification. I wish more things in life were required to be broken down into 6 words.

Matty O said...

SHEESH GIRL! this is a lot of work. Its like writing a haiku or something.

"I'm never satisfied with my accomplishments."

Yup. Sums me up to a tee.

Emz said...

Mooshy - classic Mooshy.

HRG - does "runner" count?! holy yes, girl!!

Shelly - awesome.

Sean- all smiles. love that.

Jess - awesome.

Tom & Slowmo - thank YOU. ;)

MO - you one upped me. "I ditto your six words".

A Prelude To... said...

At the bottom of my blog I have 5 words that I feel describe me:
Faith, Powerful, Capable, Valuable, Original.
I think I would add Student for my sixth.

I think the Ernest Hemingway story is fascinating. Those 6 words were definitely powerful!

Petraruns said...

Oh sweetie I can't do this!

Love the Hemingway story - so true. And LOVE your story.

Kelly Leigh said...

such a good story. I hate when Nick won't play along with my games. Boo on pita for that one.

My six words of the moment...

A little lost on my adventure.

Laura said...

Easily distracted by shiny, pretty things.

Marlene said...


Here's one:

Nothing a good run can't fix!

KovasP said...

Came toes without arthritis in tights.

Emz said...

Kelly, Laura & Marlene - awe---some.

Kovas - HI-larious.

Unknown said...

thank you God, life is good.

Emz said...

JL - love yours!!

Adrienne said...

Hmmmm that's a hard one. Probably something like this:

"I'm always in over my head :)"

Re-post this tomorrow and it might change.

Teamarcia said...

Way more than meets the eye.

misszippy said...

Look at all this creativity!


Life is but a fleeting moment.

Sarah said...

Nothing worth having ever came easy!

This is a great post. I linked it to my blog.

Have a great day@

Jamie said...

My 6 words for finals:

Why is there so much homework???

After finals:

OMG I can't wait for Ragnar.

Quinton J said...

Shake It Like A Salt Shaker!

Anonymous said...

wear awesome shoes every day please



Andrew Opala said...

A drunken runner finds some candy

Peggy said...

These are great! Give me food or gimme death!

Char said...

Because most of my family is on holidays and getting under foot my 6 words are - give me a little space.

Andrew Opala said...

Misplaced trust destroys a fart's innocence.

Karine said...

My six for you: (what others would remember me for):

"Mother of EMZ, the Ultra Runner"

PS: I love that title. I am one that loves to hug the cute blonde at the finish line....wish I could for every race. But in the "race" of life, I will be there to hug you forever!

Gracie said...

"I should probably say something clever." Wait, six words already? Time's up?!

Emz said...

Karine AKA MY Mom - the. Best. Ever. ILY.

Char- grinning ear to ear.

Andrew-that second one of yours. Freaking hilarious.

Termite - fabulous. It's almost like you knew I bought myself four YES 4 new pairs of heels this week.

Peggy - my words exactly on turkey day!! ;)

Jan[et] Cicelia said...

"This is the 2nd time in a week that story has come up. I think I know someone else who listens to PBS! My sister heard the same story a year or so ago. Hers? "Sure I can! Who needs sleep?" Mine? I've several, but my current fav is "pushing my limits, every single day."

Julie said...

You get out of life what you put into it!

I loved this:)

Emz said...

ShebaJC - YAY for PBS - I NEVER watch PBS [like two times a year...but so happy I did on THIS day!] your and your sisters "six"--- awesome.

Julie - 11 words. but =[ly] as wonderful!! ;)

Jason said...

I need a way to have my BlackBerry beep when your posts go live b/c they are always so thought provoking or hilarious and need time to reflect on them before heading out to pick up Chico.

I have a few:

Fixing things that are not broken

Dream Big then accomplish the task

Life Is Short Go And Run

Do Today What Others Do Tomorrow

Eat Fresh Stay Healthy Live Longer

Emz said...

Jason - my six for you.

"you liar. you are too kind."

Now, go get Chico. BTW, love the nickname Chico. Fred is just weird though. ;)

Lee said...

what an awesome Mom you have,so sweet that she'll be there for you in the race of life.
I am about to go running and will think on my 6 words...

Jason said...

I got 20 minutes before I pick him up and that is 30 minutes early. We are going to cook Karen a great vegan/Mexican dinner tonight and he is going to help.

Believe me I wish he would be able to express the Fred thing. So odd and random. There are no Fred's on our side nor his Dad's side and he has never mentioned a friend and has no clue about the Flintstones, but Fred it is.

Liz said...

I'm kind of copying Plato, but...

Be kind. Everyone's fighting a battle.

Emz said...

Liz - an awesome phrase like that MUST be copied. Awesome.

Jason - Fred. It. Is. It. Is. Fred.

Unknown said...

can I borrow your words? Those sound about right! cheers!

Stacie said...

I LOVE this post. I really loved what your Mom said. You are lucky to have her.

So many possibilities, make them yours.

Unknown said...

"Why did I eat the jalapeños?"

Emz said...

Jeff - "oh no! you didn't eat them" [6] YIKES. Too good.

racing dawn said...

i got a good one for this but i'm gonna wait to share...i'm posting about it next week and i'm definitely linking this post up to it - so perfect. oooh the anticipation... :)

Anonymous said...


It would take me a long time to think of the right six words.

The Hemingway "novel" is powerful.

Unknown said...

This is a great little exercise in self reflection.

Right now my novel would read:

On a mission to self discovery.

Hopefully one day it reads:

She loved, laughed, left a legacy.

Anonymous said...

@andrew - you are hilarious! LOL!!!

Patrick Mahoney said...

What would Hemingway do with Twitter?

Carrie said...

I loved the Hemingway story! This was an awesome challenge. I liked a lot of the ones that were posted, but I feel that my 6 would be, "You can ALWAYS count on me!" However, I told my husband I working for, "I'm too sexy for this shirt!" ;)

ajh said...

Loved the Hemingway 6 words! What would mine be?

Never too busy for a run!

H Love said...

cool post...I am going to have to think on this one.

Aimee said...

Wow...that Hemingway story is powerful...

I love this post! I had a hard time coming up with my 6, but here's what I ended up with:

Little moments make the best memories

Anonymous said...

Put here for a reason-do.

One Crazy Penguin said...

There's a website that is only six word stories: http://www.sixwordstories.net/

Here's mine....

Lost her way. Found her soul.

One Crazy Penguin said...

Also, I may steal this for my blog. Hope you don't mind :)

Emz said...

OCP - I'd be hugely honored. OCP rocks.

Sarah said...

This is hard! Hmmm ..... To describe me in separate words:

Funny, tenacious, loyal, reliable, compassionate, musical.

A phrase:

Makes you laugh. Makes you cry.

Another phrase:

Sarah, you are making me fat.

Johann said...

It’s me…no more, no less

Jenny said...

to steal from you, Emz

daughter, sister, friend, God's unique creation

or maybe

don't think, just breathe, just run

or perhaps

protective, loyal, stubborn, caring, silly, off

Run on!

DRog said...

I seem to be like PITA

Emz said...

DRog - you want that in writing?!!? ;)

{serious, now} - well then, lucky you. he's pretty dang great.

DRog said...

Just the "ME X 6" part (that I know of :)

Goose said...

Your last six are perfect.

Zoë said...

Very cool!

Mine would be:
"And last year there were two."

XLMIC said...

So many great comments for such a wonderful post!

Six words.... hmmmmm... well, I used to be smart but now I can't summon enough brainpower to come up with six words! All that comes to mind right now is, "did you get any of that?"