🙋🏻 The Matches We’d Like to Make, in 6 Words

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Never trust a T.I.E.-fighter pilot in a crayon conundrum.

Like The Greg Kihn Band says, “they don’t write ‘em like that anymore.”

Check out this old-school ad for Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cups.


6 words graphicForget the fact that a woman would prance down the boulevard chomping from a jar of peanut butter with her bare hands (dreamy as it sounds.) Forget the creepy old dude who pops in with a candy bar near the end. Chocolate and peanut butter, circa 1927, were separate entities.

Until they mash together through forces of the universe. Sometimes, the combination proves dastardly (a bobcat and me in a phone booth, for instance). Other times, it’s pure magic (onion rings on a cheeseburger, or The Beverly Hillbillies, in fact.)

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

August 31 is National Matchmaker Day. Put together things that you feel belong together. Think “Katy Perry, Joe Biden, singing karaoke” or “Bacon Pizza and trip to Fenway,” or something even better.

I attribute contributions as first name, last initial, and link to the person’s blog.

Congress ought to put some of these combos into bills, stat. Others? Well … maybe the health department or homeland security should start a file. Just saying.

What would you put together?

love stinks
Courtesy of Tamara Gerber

1. Our love started with a smile.

Charlene A., of Thinking Outside the Pot

2. Prosecco, prosciutto and world peace. Perfection.

Jen G., of Jen Grober: Mama Art

3. Peanut butter and jelly of course!

Lisa, of Life of an El Paso Woman

4. Parenting, kids’ bedtime, a bottle of wine.

Eric W., of All in a Dad’s Work

5. Verbal judo and knife hands: Hooah!

Annelise R., of Aunie Sauce

6. Pandora shuffle, walking shoes, Saturday morning!

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

cam books

7. Books, coffee, cats in one place.

Ellen, of 15 and Meowing

8. Two shots of espresso, afternoon playdate.

Ashley T., of The Confessions of a Working Mum

9. Violent radicals, group hugs, family dinners.

Laura B., of The Real Adventures of Becoming (whatever this thing is that I am presuming is the authentic and genuine) Me

10. Salt on watermelon and reading outside.

Britt S., of Britt Skrabanek

11. flaming hot cheetos couch beer movie.

Beth K., of i didn’t have my glasses on …

12. Sheldon Cooper deeply loves big trains.

Lisa, of Blondie’s BEARista

photo credit: A mighty flame followeth a tiny spark. Dante Alighieri via photopin (license)

13. Man invents tiny stick, burns fingers.

Giles R., of You the Daddy

14. Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, debate moderator.

Mo, of Mocadeaux

15. Chocolate…pretzels… match made in heaven!

Ritu B., of But I Smile Anyway

16. My kids with their teachers, STAT.

Christine C., of The Mom Café

17. Paper and pen – back to school.

Clay W., of Making the Days Count

18. Teenagers, mobile phones, everything they do.

Rhonda A., of Albom Adventures

dipping fries
photo credit: via photopin (license)

19. Dipping fries in a Wendy’s Frosty.

Roxanne P., of Unintentionally Brilliant

20. Tyrannosaurus Rex and a storm cellar.

Suzanne, of A Window Into the Woods

21. Captain Sulley and Walter Matthau fishing.

Naila M., of Just the Stuff Ya Know

22. My lungs and sweet, sweet cigarettes.

Tyler A., of Tyler Charles Austen

23. Elf and Leprechaun enjoying summer vacation.

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

24. Beach, waves, salt air – soul space.

Lizzi L., of ConsideringsConsiderings

25. One busy dad, stormtrooper in pocket.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

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  1. claywatkins says:

    Thanks for the inclusion! Hope all is well! It’s back to school and all that goes with it. Peace.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks for the participation, Clay. Life is good over here, despite what the Colorado Rockies do to my psyche (giving up an eight-run lead in the last two innings against the dodgers – really?) The kids in your class are in for a trip. Namaste.

  2. amommasview says:

    Love what everyone came up with 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They did good, didn’t they?

  3. amommasview says:

    What will be the next challenge?

  4. Tamara says:

    It’s always amazing to see the diversity of ideas your friends come up with!

  5. Ritu says:

    Some great matches there!!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was so much fun to put together!

  6. 1jaded1 says:

    Monthly dose reading “in six words”.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s been a fun ride, hasn’t it LJ?

  7. LOL! ♡〜٩(^▿^)۶〜♡

  8. ksbeth says:

    i love reading these and love when people have favorite things that should go together. thanks for including me )

  9. Lyn says:

    #19 seems to be a worldwide phenomenon. it’s very big here in Oz 😀

  10. stomperdad says:

    Reblogged this on All In A Dad's Work and commented:
    24 short stories for your amusement. Yesterday was Matchmaking Day and Eli’s “strange blogging friends” wrote 6 words matching things they think belong together. Comments have been disabled here. Please visit the original…

  11. These are awesome! I can relate to #4

  12. John Holton says:

    I was going to submit something, but was unclear on how to submit it… here it is:

    New Winter Olympics Sport: Downhill Bowling

  13. pilch92 says:

    Fries in a frosty sounds great. Thank you for letting me join in the fun.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I had them just this past Sunday, Pat – I can vouch. Thanks for joining the fray.

  14. Lulu says:

    Hi, Eli! This was a great prompt and it really made me think. Thank you for inviting me to contribute. Now that I am reading all the other creative combinations, I am thinking I should have done some more thinking about mine! Haha. Hope you are well. Happy Labor Day!

  15. Rhonda Albom says:

    This is so fun, and people were so creative. I found this one really difficult until I looked over at my teens. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s always brought for these posts, Rhonda. Kids are good for finding answers – and usually, 10 questions for each one, too.

  16. AunieSauce says:

    I liked yours a lot!! So awesome to see some of the combos.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Aunie. You were stellar, by the way, as always.

  17. Kisma says:

    All of these are awesome! Fries in a frosty is the most amazing thing ever! There is a Wendy’s by the salon my daughter and I go too and its a tradition for us to swing by and indulge after getting beautiful!

    Have a great weekend Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a bad collection, eh Tiff? I’m waiting for Wendy’s to debut the Fries/Frosty combo. Until then …

      To that end, maybe a Wendy’s IN a salon …

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