Six-Word Memoirs

22 Aug

This was a fun exercise, found here (via Vivinfrance; thanks Viv). Take the same headings as mine and write a six-word memoir for each one. You can be as honest or as vague as you like.

Best Advice Given Or Gotten:

Don’t put it down, but away.

Milestone Birthdays:

Eighteen: my parents set me free.
Forty: my age set me free.

Holiday Traditions:

Tree up together; tree down: mother.
Everybody’s home; everybody eats; everybody laughs.

A Memorable Meal:

The Spur: Christmas Dinner. Steak sucks.


Two brothers; one older; one younger.

Cheating Death:

Eldest Child: Pool. Slip. Alert friend.
Youngest Child: biltong: slap: sore back.

The Trip That Changed My Life:

First flight to South Africa. Sigh.

What A Child Taught Me:

We’re polite to strangers, not family.

Revenge Is Sweet:

But it belongs to the Lord.

The Worst Mistake I’ve Ever Made:

Paid ten cents: saw modern art.

Met Very Young:

My husband; our marriage matured us.

Growing Old Together:

We’re grey, cuddly and in love.

My Life Overall:

Has been happier than many another.










30 Responses to “Six-Word Memoirs”

  1. Musings August 23, 2010 at 02:37 #

    Thse are really great. It was fun reading them. I like the one at 40 about age setting you free. Fabulous!


  2. 1sojournal August 23, 2010 at 03:42 #

    I also like being set free at 40, but even better what you learned from a child. These are fun to read, even more so than writing them,



  3. slpmartin August 23, 2010 at 06:02 #

    Love them all…but the one about what you learned from a child was perhaps the best for me…it’s what my childrent taught me…in fact when folks would talk about my children…I would swear they had my children confused with the neighbor’s children. 😉


    • tillybud August 23, 2010 at 11:28 #

      🙂 🙂


  4. vivinfrance August 23, 2010 at 08:55 #

    “We’re polite to strangers, not family.” Oh so true! 🙂


  5. vivinfrance August 23, 2010 at 09:03 #

    You asked if I’d invented any – no, and the ones you missed were: met very young; growing old together.


    • tillybud August 23, 2010 at 11:31 #

      Thanks Viv. Working on it.


      • tillybud August 24, 2010 at 08:20 #

        Now updated.


  6. Diane T August 23, 2010 at 12:49 #

    So many good ones here. I enjoyed them. Oh so true about the Christmas tree! No one is crazy about taking it down!


  7. Mary August 23, 2010 at 12:53 #

    I enjoyed: Forty, my age set me free.
    These six words just came to me in response:
    After thirty each decade is freer!


    • tillybud August 23, 2010 at 14:49 #

      That is so true!


  8. uhleesuh12 August 23, 2010 at 23:05 #

    Hi tillybud,

    This is Alyssa from SMITH Magazine, the creators of the six-word memoir project. I’m glad you’ve found inspiration to write some memoirs! If you haven’t joined us at yet, I’m inviting you to submit your memoirs to our site. Your memoirs will be published to the website immediately and then have a chance to be featured by editors in a blog post or an upcoming book!

    Thanks for sharing your story,
    Alyssa, SMITH Intern


    • uhleesuh12 August 23, 2010 at 23:15 #

      Oh, oh. Or submit your memoirs to the AARP website. I keep forgetting about the AARP & SMITH collaboration, which is a great one. 🙂


    • tillybud August 24, 2010 at 08:11 #

      I’m on my way over there now! Thanks for the tip.


  9. Stan Ski August 25, 2010 at 08:37 #

    Great post – stay happy and free.


  10. rob kistner August 25, 2010 at 10:25 #

    these are great Tilly — grey, cuddly and in love… that’s me… 😉



  11. derrick2 August 25, 2010 at 11:35 #

    Full marks for doing them all! A good, fun read!


  12. Irene August 25, 2010 at 13:02 #

    Looks like you live a happy life Tilly!


    • tillybud August 25, 2010 at 19:36 #

      I do! It’s a cliche, but life really is what you make it.


  13. angie August 25, 2010 at 13:40 #

    fun to read!
    love the “sigh” after south africa.


  14. Linda Frances August 25, 2010 at 14:15 #

    These are simply great. Love them all.


  15. pamela August 25, 2010 at 15:48 #

    Tillybud love your honesty in this.
    Nicely done!


  16. b_y August 25, 2010 at 18:14 #

    I’ve still to learn that first one

    Good selection The polite one is true, and that’s good. Polite may keep the wheels greased, but there needs to be somewhere to be squeaky


  17. Peggy Goetz August 25, 2010 at 18:50 #

    I like your memoirs. I enjoyed your site and the links. Write on!


    • tillybud August 25, 2010 at 19:36 #



  18. gospelwriter August 25, 2010 at 18:54 #

    First flight to South Africa. Sigh. sounds like it could be a whole book.

    We’re polite to strangers, not family. – do I know that story! Interesting how kids show us the mirror of what we learned as kids.


    • tillybud August 25, 2010 at 19:37 #

      It is a whole book – of poetry. I must do something with it one day.


  19. gautami tripathy August 26, 2010 at 14:10 #

    Great memoirs. Enjoyed reading those!

    reaching out


    • wayne August 27, 2010 at 18:21 #

      wow lots going on here… what you did and thanks for sharing your words


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