What an Invisible Civilization Would Learn About Us, in 6 Words

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I’m the king of the assinine question.

6 words graphic“What if Jeeps cost a nickel?” I asked my college friend, Bobby Keith – while we both were still in college. “I’d buy many Jeeps,” he answered. “What if packs of gum were $5,000?” I followed with. “Then I wouldn’t chew any gu – where the hell do you come up with this??” he asked.

Fair enough question.

The six words question for March isn’t asinine – but it is unusual. It comes from a wonderful source of thought-provoking questions from #Q4KIDZ. Grace and I have both contributed to the question pot, which spits one out daily for you and your kids.

[Check out #W4KIDZ here.]

I compile a monthly 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.

This month: An invisible civilization has been following you around for a week to learn about humans. What amazing things did they learn from observing you?

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1. Breaking news: Quiet girl got wild.

Cheryl D., of Snaps of Ginger

2. Cops like CAKE, not just donuts!

Aunie, of Auniesauce

3. Humans spin in too many directions.

Debbie, of Heartbeats and Soul Stains

4. Nothing. Literally bored them to death.

Jim, of Xploding Unicorn

5. Motherhood requires A LOT of Netlflix-bingeing 😉

Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year

6. Human fuel source – coffee and chocolate.

Cindy M., of Simple Steps for Living Life

Courtesy of Mindie Dittemore

7. Sap plus fire equals yummy goodness.

Mindie D., of The (Mis)adventures of a “Born Again” Farm Girl

8. Humans run and eat a lot.

Deb, of Deb Runs

9. Strength, resilience, comfort, love of queso.

Laura H., of Riddle from the Middle

10. Extracting Nerf bullets from strange places.

Norine D., of Science of Parenthood

11. Perseverance is key. Chocolate is YUMMY.

Sara L., of Sara Letourneau’s Official Website and Blog

12. What does cooking their skin do?

Courtney W., of Blog Me This

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13. Furry friends make them very happy.

Debbie G., of The Flooring Girl

14. I make bears for others’ joy.

Lisa R., of Blondies Barista

15. My toddler, he’s the most responsible.

Nadine, of Making Her Mama

16. life is whimsy and lotsa’ love.

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

17. Moms holler when sons lose keys.

Kelly M., of Just Typikel

18. Mums have more than one shadow.

Nikki Y., of Nikki Young

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19. We connect, love, hurt, and hope.

Shannon A., of Radio Chick

20. They love their

four-legged rulers.

21. Love each other and eat pizza.

Pat, of New Bloggy Cat

22. Turning things green around the house.

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

23. Diet Coke makes her happy again.

Amber M., of Airing My Laundry, One Post at a Time

24. The important things can’t be bought.

Sarah, of Journeys of the Zoo

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Courtesy of Tiffany Matum

25.  Magical trails, contaigous smiles, enticing beverages.

Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me

26. In all things, discipline equals FREEDOM!

Dana M., of Crossfit77

27. Humans need much coffee for survival.

Lisa W., of The Golden Spoons

28. Subsist on: computer screens, pizza, wine.

Mo, of Mocadeaux

29. Talks to herself; may be crazy 🙂

Charlotte K., of My Pixie Blog

30. Dependent on senses, vulnerable but strong.

Elizabeth M., of Lapidary Prose

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31. Tenderness, perseverance, laughter and creative dancing.

Miriam B., of Out An’ About

32. I like to help people out.

Lisa A., of Life of an El Paso Woman

33. Some would rather divide than unite.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

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  1. Another great list of 6-words. Thanks for having me again, Eli d=(´▽`)=b

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Pat. Awesome to have you along for the ride.

      1. (“⌒∇⌒”)

  2. Dacian says:

    Such an interesting topic!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      #Q4KIDZ has lots of interesting questions, Dacian. Check it out!

  3. ksbeth says:

    they might find us much too simple or confusing or both for them to bother with ) thanks for including me )

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They might have surpassed our emotional, intellectual and scientific capacities eons ago, beth.

      I bet they think magenta is a great color for a hockey sweater, though.

  4. This was such an interesting question, and I love the variety in everyone’s answers. Serious and thoughtful, lighthearted and funny – and all of them insightful in different ways. And yours at #33 couldn’t be more true, Eli. *thumbs up*

    Thanks again for having me. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Sara, it’s the best part of compiling these. To see the scope of answers, touches of personality within.

      Glad you liked mine! “Can’t we all just get along?” is also six words, by the way. And to yours: Perseverance in the pursuit of chocolate can motivate like little else! (or for cheese.)

      1. Oooh, the pursuit of cheese. I like that one, too. 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        “The Pursuit of Cheese” could be a working title for my autobiography.

  5. You’ve gathered quite the collection of humans. I wonder what we would learn from the aliens. Perhaps that’s your next question…

    Thanks for allowing me to join in your fun. I don’t know where you come up with these questions but please don’t ever stop.

    Besos Sarah.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I think they come back because I feed them, Sara. I’m so glad, and there’s plenty for the aliens, too.

      (Interesting – the question just said “invisible civilization,” but many, I feel, took it to outer space.)

      Glad you’re in the collection. Check that link for #Q4KIDZ – I’m using suggestions from there now.

      I started 6 words with odd holidays and questions relating to them. I began running out of odd holidays, after four years of this nonsense.

  6. Nicola Young says:

    These are so impressive. They’re like mantra’s for life. Thanks for including me.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you liked them, Nikki, and I’m happy you’re included. I love the collective wisdom around here.

      We’re not as great in numbers as in the past, but we’re always high on the wisdom and the tomfoolery, and often I don’t know the difference.

  7. As always, you’ve pulled together an impressive six-word collection. Thanks for including me!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You’re part of the impressiveness, Deb. Thanks for chiming in.

  8. Well then… we lead interesting lives, do we not?? A lot about food and our fur babies… lol! Priorities seem straight to me! 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’d say we filled their invisible notebooks, Courtney. Food and … well, a lot of other things come in second!

      Around here, it used to be wine, historically. We evolve.

      1. So no more wine is evolving??? Hmmm… I think I will stay in the dark ages then! LOL!! 😛

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Wine will always evolve around here! We were once … thirstier, it seems. six words posts were doused in it. We were downright Dionysian around here.

  9. Lyn says:

    Some really great thought-baking went into this lot. LOL I particularly loved #10 and #2 I can personally vouch for. Our local police station can get through 8 doz choc chip walnut cookies, 5 dozen muffins, 3 dozen choc caramel/choc mint slices and 2 dozen raspberry coconut slice in one shift 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We definitely warmed up the kitchen, Lyn. The Nerf bullets ought to become a post for you, I think.

      Cops need carbs, you know. Writers, too. I could give that haul a run.

      1. Lyn says:

        Sadly, I don’t have an oven anymore – just a microwave and an electric fry-pan. Don’t know about a post based on Nerf bullets, but I did write a post (Spy Snap) about strips of one-inch elastic 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        You should send me a link to that!

  10. Coffee, chocolate, pizza and wine – how does everyone of your six word challenges come up with food?
    Poor Kelly, I hope she found her keys again!
    Thanks for another great episode of “keep your story short”!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They say a team takes on the persona of the coach – could a blog tribe, then, become obsessed with food and drink if the blog writer is?

      Wouldn’t you like to follow Kelly around for a day? I’m doing that with Grace on Saturday for a post.

      Stay tuned.

  11. These are all very good – thoughtful and entertaining. Yours is the perfect punctuation at the end. Nicely done, Eli and everyone!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s the best trail mix around here, even just as good as the new ones that have tiny marshmallows.

      Glad you liked mine. It’s a good list!

  12. Too fun as always, Eli! Thanks for including me and hosting the party 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Meredith! Glad you could join. There should be a T-shirt or something for years of service to the cause.

  13. Stressed-out equals angry. Always stressed-out.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a good look, is it Jenn?

  14. Laura says:

    All so terrific — every time I read these I’m like “why didn’t MINE turn out as good as that??” You know some intriguing people….

  15. Amber says:

    I always love reading these responses. I like that chocolate one. It IS yummy. I eat way too much of it.

  16. Another great bunch of stories, Eli. I liked yours — why, indeed, can’t we all get along? Thanks for including me in this interesting crowd!

  17. Great question & great answers! Happy to be in the mix! 🙂

  18. Kisma says:

    #10 made me laugh out loud! All of these are splendid, thanks for the invite sir, good to be back among family!

  19. bocafrau says:

    So fun to read and agree… 🙂

  20. AunieSauce says:

    This one had some really, really fun responses. Loved the “moms have more than one shadow” one 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks – email me!

  21. Charlotte says:

    Oh, my goodness…buddy, the answers to this one are amazing! I love the one about how we run and eat a lot, LOL. And the ones about our bonds with our furry friends #accurate… Also, your response = perfection. Thank you for sharing and for inviting me into these prompts. They make my day! XOXO

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It’s a good batch, isn’t it Charlotte? Good for any of us to step back and see how others might see us.

      So glad you were along for the ride again …

  22. Karine O says:

    This is such a cool idea! Thank you for stopping by my blog and allowing me to take part in your next post!
    Your blog is dope!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Karine! Glad I ran across your blog, and look forward to you joining the fray next time.

      My blog has never been called dope, and, as we Gen Xers would say, that’s bitchen.

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