Our Legacies, in 6 Words

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photo credit: JD Hancock via photopin cc

Do we get to choose our legacy?

Or does our legacy choose us?

Heavy for a late-August midweek though, no?

Our legacy is like that last roll of film in our camera that isn’t developed until well after we’re done on this earth. It’s the ultimate statement that sums up what we’ve done with our lives. Scary that it can be summed up at all.

Every month, I compile a post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in a six-word sentence. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.

August is What Will Your Legacy Be? Month. What would yours be? It can be profound or humorous … or a little of both. Think, “Greatest grilled-cheese chef on a budget.” or “Poster child for morning road rage.”

What would yours be?

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photo credit: Dirigentens via photopin cc

1. Obstacle Conquering – Life Altering – Healthy Life.

Kateri V., of Just Life: Take 2 blog

2. Three brilliant kids no housework skills.

Sarah W., of Mum of Three World

3. Cooking sans smoke alarm ringing? Boring.

Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year blog

4. Most amazing kids on this planet.

Sarah N., of The Momisodes blog

5. A human magnet for the dysfunctional.


6. High heels. Burnt water. Happy daughter.

Ashley T., of The Confessions of a Working Mum blog

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photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc

7. Loved family, lived in the moment.

MaryAnne K., of Mama Smiles blog

8. Super mean without her Diet Coke.

Amber M., of Airing My Dirty Laundry blog

9. Sanity maintainer in small person asylum.

Melissa S., of Home on Deranged blog

10. Record: Most parent tantrums in store.

Tammie B., of The Graying Chronicles blog

11. Family history. Immense strength. Profound pride.

Lori C., of Lori Crane blog

12. She strived to do her best.

Kelly W., of the Centsible Life blog

Tamara Bowman
Tamara Bowman

13. “Photographs on walls, words in hearts.”

Tamara B., of Tamara like Camera blog

14. My biggest supporter, sometimes a yeller.

Kathy G., of Kissing the Frog blog

15. Kick-ass cook of matzah ball soup.

Dana H., of Kiss My List blog

16. Child’s heart in a grown-up’s body.

Shelly B., of DIY Mama Blog

17. Grandchildren’s snotty kisses always warmly embraced.

Lyn C., of The Call of the Pen blog

18. Faith Slinger and Fitness Coach Wannabe.

Jennifer L, of That’s a Jenn Story blog

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photo credit: ronsho © via photopin cc

19. Hangover aficionado with the fastest remedies.

Marcia D., of Menopausal Mother blog

20. girls, girls, girls, girls, girls, boys. 

beth k., of i didn’t have my glasses on … blog

21. Tattered underwear and black hole bras.

Mary W., of Outmanned Mommy blog

22. Fell often but always got up.

Kerri A., of Undiagnosed but Okay blog

23. Teaching kids kindness, laughter, and zest.

Cynthia, of You Signed up for What?! blog

24. To love people, no matter what.

Megan W., of The Walker Fireside Chats blog

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photo credit: tstadler via photopin cc

25. What you feed will surely grow.

Rory B., of Time Out For Mom blog

26. Outkicked my coverage on life’s field.

Michelle, of Mama Mick blog

27. Craziest, chaotic wife,  mom and friend.

Debbie T., of Heartbeat ~ Soul Stains blog

28. A gardener who cultivated positive minds.

Archita, of A Journey Called Life … blog

29. Queen of triggering mealtime smoke alarms.

Kelly M., of Just Typikel … blog

30. Wrangler of boys, lover of souls.

Rachael B., of Three Boys and a Mom blog

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photo credit: XeuBix via photopin cc

31. Kept everyone laughing – not always intentionally.

Lois M., of Midlife at the Oasis blog

32. Procrastinating like a true blue champion.

Clay W., of Making the Days Count blog

33. Tireless muffin baker…and crumb sweeper.

Charity M., of Foodlets blog

34. Remained homicide-free for one more month!

Morgan M., if The Inklings of Life blog

35. Spring Break Slut 1998 Title Holder.

Shay, of Trashy blog

36. Clear skies left. He turned right.

Momus, of The Next Delusion blog

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photo credit: Katey Nicosia via photopin cc
37. Even her anxieties were well organized.

Cassandra, of The Next Delusion blog

38. She tried. Failed. Learned. Tried again.
Femme., of Femme Frugality blog
39. Creator of longest unfinished to-do list.
Katie, of Pick Any Two blog
40. Leaving family warm footprints to Jesus.
Jennifer S., of Jenn’s Midlife Crisis blog
41. Sometimes failed, but lived out loud.
Amy, of Long Drive Journey blog
42. Strong with love, potato chip weakness.
Ginny, of Lemon Drop Pie blog
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photo credit: erin leigh mcconnell via photopin cc
43. Changed the world, word by word.
Jennifer I., of Another Jennifer blog
44. Worked hard, played harder, resting well.
Deb, of Deb Runs blog
45. World’s best multi-tasker most times 24-7.
46. Animated klutzy spirited shoe-hoarding author, CFO.
Hilary G., of Feeling Beachie blog
47. The ones whose lives I touched.
Becky R., of Weaving Influence blog
48. He coached, wrote, fathered with love.
Eli P., of Coach Daddy blog
 legacy quote


  1. Am I a strange blogger friend?

    Ah, these are good! Dana, I want that soup. More than Berger cookies. What time is dinner next Friday night?
    I’m also totally laughing at Amber’s.
    Rory’s is just.. fantastic.
    Janine’s – totally doable, I should say.
    Yours too.

    1. You’re all that, and about 78 things more.

      What the hell’s a Berger cookie? I’d eat one and I don’t even know what it is.

      Thanks. You did a good job yourself, you know. Complete with art.

  2. Yay, I made it in just under the wire and wasn’t sure I was pulling this one off! But seriously, so many good ones and think Tamara’s and yours too totally made me smile and was totally nodding my head as so very true!! 🙂

      1. And I got the notification just when I was struggling on the disc golf course and hurting trees and thinking thoughts. So, you did me a solid too! (I played better right after I got your notification!)

  3. Hi Eli,
    These are incredible! Thank you so much for including me among your cool blogger buds and friends. There are too many good ones to pick my favorite, so I’m printing and tacking on my bulletin board and titling it “Legacy List.” Thanks for providing such a great list of words to live by. You’re a gem 🙂

    1. Hey Michelle. Glad you liked them. You’re definitely in the club. Love your idea of printing it out. I think you all are gems – I’m just the rusty old pan than helps find them.

  4. It’s amazing how much we can fit into 6 words! I loved all these legacies! Thanks for including me this month, Eli. I can definitely relate to many of them, including “crumb sweeper!”

    1. Sometimes, you have to pack the sentence tight, but it can be done. These legacies encourage me. Glad you were able to take part. As a dad, I consider crumbs our contribution to smaller creatures who can’t fend for themselves, so why sweep them?

      1. Oh, I have been startled by a mouse in my kitchen late at night when I was blogging. Believe me, I sweep up those crumbs! 😉

  5. I LOVE these!! All so different but really thought provoking. I’m glad that everyone didn’t tell jokes and leave mine the only serious one. One day, I will be able to sum up my life in 6 (witty) words. But until then…thanks for including me!

    1. Thanks Amy! We thought about conspiring and making yours the only serious one, but that was too hard. All my witty words are self-deprecating, though. Not that there’s anything wrong with that …

      Glad you played along, Amy. I think people are going to love your guest post.

  6. Officially renaming my house “small person asylum”. and Love Love Tamara’s! that’s one I could definitely get behind.
    Another smashing outing!

    1. When I Google Earth your house, a pop-up says “Small Person Asylum.” Tamara’s kicked ass, didn’t it? It’s a way of life. As is the 6 words – the best thing to hit us all on a monthly basis, I’d venture to say. Better than menstruation and water bills, anyway.

      1. Snorts and rolls around laughing. Somehow I don’t think so but it would make a good show for me to be a star in – don’t you think? XOXO – Bacon

  7. I love the variety of these. I don’t know Cassandra, but based on her legacy, we could be twins. Always a pleasure to be a part of this, Eli!

  8. Okay, some of these people have great legacies. I feel like mine is mostly about survival! 🙂 Thanks for letting me join up again. Looking forward to more!

    1. It kind of negates the people who curl their eyelashes, doesn’t it? And really, none of them are far from survival. Glad you played along … stay close so you can get in the next one too, ok?

  9. Thanks Eli, for including me in this list. I had the joy of more snotty kisses over the last two days. My son and daughter-in-law moved house with 2-year-old Sophie and 3-year-old Henry. They were very excited to show grandma their new bedrooms in their brand new treehouse (Henry calls a two-story house a treehouse 🙂 )

  10. Love these – such great legacies! Much too hard to pick a favorite. Not sure what mine would be. Maybe. . Beautiful daughters, happy family, life well-lived.

    1. They give me the sense there’s something good going on out there, Lisa. Plenty of favorites to choose from, too. And yours is right there with them. It’s hard to ask for anything more than that – yours has the good stuff covered!

  11. Loved reading all of these—a great mix of silly and serious! And now I can’t wait to try Dana’s matzah ball soup. Thanks for including me!

  12. Honored to be included in this great list! Your legacy is perfect! As parents, all we can do is hope we leave that mark with our children. Thanks again Eli!

  13. Reblogged this on jennsmidlifecrisis and commented:
    We survived the first day of school, or rather Little Guy did! Once he was settled, Hubby and I spent some adult time together. We picked up Timmies and came home to play Minecraft. What?!? We never get a turn! 🙂

    My friend, Coach Daddy, did his famous 6 Words post again, asking a number of bloggers to share their legacy for the next generation. I encourage you to take some adult time and check it out. It’s always better to laugh than cry! Happy Wednesday!

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