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
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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 –

Why?

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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45 Replies to “What We’d Say to the World, in 6 Words”

  1. 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. 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.”

  3. 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. 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.

    1. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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. 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.

  7. 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. 😉

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