There is a website, smithmag.net, which features people’s six-word memoirs. At first thought, this might seem silly, even a little commercial; they are, after all, being compensated by the site’s advertisers and their book, which was released last week, will earn them some money, but a six-word memoir is really a thought provoking idea. How do you sum up your life in just six words – what defines you? One of my favorites from the website is by someone named Andie Grace. Her memoir reads, “Wasn’t born a redhead; fixed that.” I like that; I always thought I should have been born with red hair. I tried adding some red to my hair a couple of times, but it just didn’t work. So, I’ve been thinking about my own six word memoir and I’ve come up with a few:
“Always good to the last drop.” This reference to the Folgers coffee slogan ties in the good, honest person I am at my core, with my love of, some call it an addiction to, coffee.
“Always looking for the bright side.” Again, at my core, I’m a positive person. I’ve often wondered if this is innate or if it’s something I’ve learned along the way – that question could be the topic of an entire blog entry.
“Try not to piss her off.” Let’s just say I have a bit of a temper (see my February 1st entry).
And my personal favorite: “Her highness, the Queen of Debbieland.” That really says it all. I was adored by my parents and now by my husband. I preside over this crazy household of people and animals. I’m good at what I do and usually consider my way to be the right way. I’m a benevolent Queen, always taking care of my subjects.
Spend a few minutes today thinking about and coming up with your six-word memoir. It's a good mental exercise.