Who we’d pick to take our place, in 6 words

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My actual shelf with getting-ready stuff. The badge has since been retired. The Star Wars figures never will be.

It’s not easy to be me.

GAD GRAPHICIt’s hella fun, as the kids used to say. (Some kids. Somewhere.) So, when I shot out the prompt for this month’s 6 Words post (which actually went out in 2017, but it’s taken me a while to post), it wasn’t easy to come up with an answer.

Every month, I ask friends, bloggers, strangers and strange blogger friends a question that they will answer in exactly six words.

Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he asserted that any story could be told in six words. The prompt for this month: If you had to pick someone to be you for a day, who would you want it to be, and why?

Who would you pick?

This prompt came from Q4KIDZ, a wonderful website that provides daily prompts to get the conversation going with you and your kids. [check it out here and get your prompts directly by email or text.]

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1. My kid so he can cook.

Beth K., of Coffee Until Cocktails

2. My husband, so he really understands.

Jessica B., of Love You More Too

3. Ernest Hemingway to rewrite my dialogue.

Lisa T., of The Great Escape Divorce Support at Lisa Thomson Live

4. Sister in law: organize my garage.

Susan, of Life is a Journey … Not a Guided Tour

5. Senator, be me.
Feel my pain.

Lyn, of The Call of the Pen


6. Anyone who will clean my house.

Lisa L., of The Meaning of Me

7. Roseanne ‘cause I like her sarcasm.

Dinah M., via Facebook

8. Wonder Woman, love will save us.

Veronica O., via Facebook

9. My ex so he will understand.

Clare P., via Facebook

10. No one, I like being me.

Lisa G., via Facebook

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11. Me, only better. All dreams realized.

Eric S., via Facebook

12. Donald Trump, so I could resign.

Danielle B., via Facebook

13. My daughter, to feel wonder again.

Corey W., of The Nostalgia Diaries

14. My grandmother- holocaust survivor, badass woman.

Kristina H., of The Angrivated Mom

15. Eli so he’d have to answer.

Roxanne P., via Facebook

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16. My mom, so she gets it.

Sandra H., via Facebook

17. Anyone else – I wouldn’t be me.

Lizzie L., of Considerings

18. My mother. beautiful, intelligent and sassy.

Adrienne T., via Facebook

19. Not sure, everybody has their battles.

Alexa R., via Facebook

20. My child to know my love.

Karin E., via Facebook

pexels-photo-969295.jpeg21. My mom, to see I’m okay.

Emily C., of Oh Boy Mom

22. My daughter, because she needs perspective.

Julie M., of Sober Mommies

23. My dad, because he was wise.

Matt H., via LinkedIn

24. The Grim Reaper, ’cause, why not?

@GettingMyDadOn, via Twitter

25. My daughter. Adulting is not fun.

@TriSarahTops04, via Twitter

pexels-photo-756484.jpeg26. My boss should see this stuff!

@onlyintheozarks, via Twitter

27. Kim Kardashian, so she’d feel compassion.

Cammie G., via Facebook

28. My husband. For the obvious….lol.

Sherrie B., via Google Plus

29. Emiril, for all of the leftovers.

Eli P., of Coach Daddy

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  1. Beth says:

    This is fantastic! So many unique responses, I may have to say I like the person who’d be Donald Trump and resign. That would be kind of amazing. Ok, off my soapbox now. This was a hard, but fun prompt Eli!

  2. Lauren Becker says:

    Lots of fun answers here! I’m not really sure who I’d want to take my place – even for just a day. Hmm…


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      It was a tough prompt, Lauren. I wouldn’t mind someone who left their bulging wallet behind. Hmm.

  3. Lyn says:

    Oh my, some of those are a hoot 😀

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We specialize in hootonics around here, Lyn.

  4. vicki says:

    “Emiliril for all the leftovers”!! My fav!!! Great post!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Vicki! I thought of lots of people but it came down to food, of course. I’d love to have you in the next one.

  5. Great answers, i’m not sure i could choose.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Just go one by one …

  6. Wonderful collection this month! Thanks so much for the invite, as always.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thank you! Love that you’re in it with us.

  7. stomperdad says:

    Never mind walking a mile in their shoes, what if we lived a day in their skin?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Could get messy. But point taken. Just takes some compassion, doesn’t it?

  8. This was wonderful, El! Oh, how I’ve missed my talented friends ❤️

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I need to get you in the next one, Michelle. We miss you around here!

      1. Eli Pacheco says:


  9. You nailed it with your choice and for just the right reason!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Can you imagine, Debbie??

  10. mocadeaux says:

    Wow! This was a difficult prompt but the participants really rocked it! Lots of empathy in the hearts of these folks!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I didn’t get the word out very far, Mo. But those in it really knocked it out!

  11. I always love reading these! Such a wide variety of answers. Some that make you smile, some that tug at your heart.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Did you get an email from me about the April prompt yet, Crystal? They’re a blast to compile.

  12. chattykerry says:

    What an interesting post, Eli. Fascinating answers – some I agree with, others not. Mine would be –
    “Trump, to feel Hispanic compassion”

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Kerry! I hope to have way more entries for April.

      1. chattykerry says:

        That should be fun!

  13. All great quotes~ I especially like the one at the end regarding empathy. Some people are just not equipped with it! I avoid those folks for the most part because they will never understand where I am coming from. Although there are some I can’t steer clear of because they are family *groan* I have just learned not to tell them anything they won’t understand….

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Nice collection, right Courtney? Empathy would go a long way in curing ills. I try to even understand where the people who don’t understand are coming from.

  14. Laura says:

    Love these!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Fun, weren’t they? How are ya, Laura?

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