What We’d Say to the World, in 6 Words

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Stormtrooper takes a ride on Triceratops at the Smithsonian

I know, I know.

6 words graphicI heard about Pippa. Another one bites the dust. It’s why I keep extras in the Crush Bin. You never know when one’ll haul off and get engaged on you. Everyone from Summer Sanders to Paula Creamer to Cher Lloyd to Lizzy O’Leary to Elizabeth Davis to … well, you see what I’m dealing with.

I mentioned Pippa – she of royalty and extraordinary physical gifts – in my email to y’all about this month’s six words prompt.

Every month, I compile a post called 6 words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it. He claimed any story can be told in six words. No more, no less. I turn to bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends with a prompt, to respond to in six words.

July is Freedom from Fear of Speaking Month.

In six words, tell something you’d like to say to the world. Think, I never liked my mom’s spaghetti or You should marry me, Pippa Middleton. Apparently, I needed an actual ring and an actual knee to bend to enter consideration. Who knew?

What about you?

No, I’m not proposing. What’s something you’d like to tell the world – in six words?

Note: I’m often asked how I choose participants for 6 words. It’s a simple process. I have a list of blogs to read; it’s long, and it’s based on blogs I’ve found through social media and comments here on this blog.

I try to get through several each day. That doesn’t always work out. Those that I visit, I will extend an invitation to, whether it’s my first time or 300th time on your blog. That is, if you have an email address on your blog.

Also, if you’re in my inbox, I’ll extend the invitation when we correspond. Thing is, the inbox looks like a garden that needs weeding right now. I’m so far behind, I can’t even extend a thank you for some of the six-w0rds contributions I’ve gotten!

I’ll catch up.

Also, you can always send me an email and ask me what the prompt is this month.

man with dog 6 words
photo credit: REFLECTIONS via photopin (license)

1. Man with dog, totally my Kryptonite!

Les B., of Ink Interrupted

2. We should have married each other.

Jack S., of The Jack B

3. Don’t stop believing today or ever.

Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic

4. Skin color does not define me.

Tracy, of A Joyful Process

5. You don’t HAVE to like Shakespeare.

Mya G., of Peace, Good Tickle-Brain

6. My wife doesn’t fold shirts right.

Eric W., of Stomperdad

gary sinise 6 words
Gary Sinise rocks the bass as Mari Anne Jayme provides the vocals during a set performed by the Lt. Dan Band, July 4.

7. I want to meet Gary Sinise.

Lisa, of Blondie’s Bearista

8. More kindness, please. Also, frozen mojitos.

Jen G., of Jen Groeber, Mama Art

9. Dear customers, actually haven’t tried everything.

Britta B., of It’s a Britta Bottle

10. I could eat sushi every day.

Stacey R., of The Soccer Mom Blog

11. Dogs in public–the new cigarette.

P.D. W, of Cricket Muse

12. I can’t ever forgive you, sorry.

Tyler A., of Tyler Charles Austen

wow 6 words
photo credit: WOW Air (Air Europa) EC-MIO Airbus A330-343 cn/1624 @ EHAM / AMS 01-07-2016 via photopin (license)

13. Sometimes “wow” isn’t a positive comment.

Sarah, of Journeys of the Zoo

14. Tell me your story, I’m listening.

Amy R., of HerStory

15. Please don’t elect a hate-filled president!

Tamara G., of Confessions of a Part-time Working Mom

16.Doctor confirmed I’ve got “whitecoatitis.”

Kelly M., of Just Typikel

17. I run to chase away old age.

Wendy R., of Wendy is Taking the Long Way Home

18. I love cleaning when I’m angry.

Hilary, of Feeling Beachie

michelle obama 6 words
photo credit: First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama advocate for girls and women across the world via photopin (license)

19. Please follow my blog, Michelle Obama.

Pat C., of New Bloggy Cat

20. Every moment is a new beginning.

Deborah W., of Temenos

21. Look for the good in everyone.

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

22. We need more love, more compassion.

Sara L., of Sara Letourneau

23. Dear mankind,

Just one question –


Sue J., of It Goes On

24. Kidney donation freed me from dialysis!

Beth C., of Dialysis Gal

reality television 6 words
photo credit: Ryan Seacrest Net Worth via photopin (license)

25. Reality television helps me escape reality.

Mo, of Mocadeaux

26. Her smile always heals my heart.

Michelle D., of The Complete Savorist

27. Raw cookie dough won’t kill you.

Michelle T., of Lipstick and Laundry

28. I’m scared Trump will get elected.

Roxanne P., of Unintentionally Brilliant

29. When kids ask questions, answer them.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

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  1. mocadeaux says:

    Interesting… These responses are all over the place. I’m counting on people listening to Tamara or else I’m going to have to hope that Michelle is right about that cookie dough thing. And I’m going to have to share some of Jen’s frozen mojitos.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s the beauty of six words, Mo. No matter who’s in office, cookie dough will be the winning ticket.

      Frozen mojitos are the responsible choice given the heat index.

  2. Good ones! Sorry to wimp out this time around, but I just couldn’t get my creative juices flowing in time. I just came up with this one, though – my new Facebook mantra: “If you post politics, I’ll unfollow.”

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked them, Deb! I’m sure you’ll kick some arse next time around. If I went by your mantra, you might be my only Facebook friend left.

  3. TheJackB says:

    Nicely done as always, many thanks.

    Wait, are we allowed to provide more than six word comments. 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Jack – good to have you along again. Six-word comments aren’t required, but they’re duly starred.

  4. Ha, these are fun. Do again.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Wendy. I just might consider it.

  5. susank456 says:

    Wake up world, no second chances

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Nice one, Susan. Timely, too.

  6. stomperdad says:

    Reblogged this on All In A Dad's Work and commented:
    Ssy it to the world! (But keep it to 6 words please)

  7. Good ones! Thanks for the fun and laughs, Eli! Cheers, ฅ(*ΦωΦ*) ฅ

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Pat! It’s always a riot, isn’t it?

      1. That’s right, Eli! Have a great weekend! (“⌒∇⌒”)

  8. ksbeth says:

    i always love these and #8 is my favorite this time!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Jen might get the prize this time, beth!

  9. 1jaded1 says:

    I’m not deaf. I’m not mute.

    How are you Eli…I’m no longer on the list. It’s fine 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Good one! I’m doing great … there’s no list. There’s only serendipity. And email. Just send me an email to ask for the prompt, and it’s yours. LJ.

  10. Hilary says:

    Love this post!!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for playing along, Hilary!

  11. Kisma says:

    I love this post too! It is always my favorite to see every month. There are some really good ones here!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you like it, Tiff! What would a month be without six words? Well, the same, but I like it anyway. Good roundup, as always. Thanks for being part of it!

  12. Thanks again for inviting me for this, Eli. 🙂 It’s interesting to see how much variety there is everyone’s answers, but there’s still a common theme running through several of them. A lot of us seem to have had compassion on our minds lately.

    Also, MIchelle T. – I don’t eat it very often, but I LOVE RAW COOKIE DOUGH. 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Always good to have you, Sara. I love that I’m the only one who knows what everyone else has said, until the post goes live.

      It’s not a bit of a surprise that this group had compassion in mind. Pair together the frozen mojitos and cookie dough, and we’re set.

  13. I’m always delighted at the range of responses to your prompts Eli. And yes, yes, yes to answering kid questions!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They come from all directions, Deborah – I hope that I can get on top of communication and reading so that I can get more in every month.

      I love answering my kids’ questions!

  14. Hey Eli, Thanks for including me. My inbox needs weeding as well, and when I had hewed it enough to find your email, I was having a particularly bad day…and my sweet, sweet (but not always sweet) daughter came over, smiled, and gave me a hug. That became my 6-word memoir for your post.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey Michelle, thanks for playing along. I’d say a six-words invite and hug from a kid are enough to turn any day around.

      Mostly the kid, understandably.

  15. pilch92 says:

    These are great! Good luck with Pippa 🙂 I used to get the email with the month’s theme, but I haven’t in a while. Please add me : pilch92@aol.com

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Pat! I’ll be the guy who interrupts the ceremony by running into the church.

      I’ll just send you an email now with the prompt!

  16. Rorybore says:

    Raw cookie dough, frozen mojitos, and a good woman in office – this is a great list! We are rock stars. And I’d definitely like to join that queue for meeting Gary Sinise. I wonder if he has a dog?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Two out of three ain’t bad! We get it right most of the time. Gary Sinise needs a blog. And a dog.

      CAPTAIN DAN!!!

  17. mamarabia says:

    Can’t we all just get along?
    What the world really needs: love!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You’re good, Rabia. Either one will work. We definitely need to catch up.

  18. Tamara says:

    Glad Beth got a kidney! 🙂
    Gad that cookie dough myth finally got dismissed!
    Glad Mac Taylor aka Gary Sinise made it to this blog!
    Happy Weekend!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That’s the best news of all, Tamara, Beth’s kidney. She’s doing well, too. Now they’re telling us not to eat raw flour, so just when we get the cookie-dough go-ahead …

      Gary Sinise has been itching to get on Coach Daddy’s blog, according to TMZ. Happy weekend to you, too.

  19. What a great compilation, Eli. I honestly loved every one of the contributions. I mean Sushi, Mojitos, dogs etc. etc. – what’s not to love?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Claudia! It’s good to have a voice. I’m not much of a sushi guy, but after this, hell, I’d have something wrapped in seaweed, easy.

  20. I literally have had a crazy week or so here with my younger one sick to top it all off, but am just finally catching up some much needed blog reading and realizing that I missed this one from you, but still am wanting you to know I was once again honored to get to speak my mind on this one, as always. 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It wouldn’t be a true six words without you, Janine – hope your baby feels better!

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