This one’s been on ice for a while.
Six Words posts sprung up on here every month. I had one with triple-digit entries! How in the name of Harry and Helen is going on here?
Like a lot of stuff I could do younger, I can do this – you’ll have to wait longer for it, that’s all.
I ask friends, strangers, bloggers, and strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt in six words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it with his assertion you could tell any story in six words. Exactly.
The prompt: If you could freeze time for five minutes but still move, what would you do?
I got this question from Q4KIDZ. Haven’t seen the site? Check it out! They have tons of questions to ask your kids to get the conversation going. Also works on bloggers.
1. Stand still and contemplate on Time.
Dimitri F., of The Blog of Dimi
2. Rob a 7/11 of scratcher tickets.
Heather S., of Heather Christena Schmidt
3. I would dance with my kids.
Vicky F., of Five Spot Green Living
4. Clean house, sit, and enjoy it.
Cindy M., of Simple Steps for Living Life
5. Leave boring meetings to save world.
Charlotte K., of My Pixie Blog
6. Enjoy the peace and quiet, zzzzzzz.
Lauren M., of Lauren Mayhew Writer
7. Practice popping up on a wave.
Josie, of A Family Afloat
8. Arrange the winning lottery ticket numbers.
Courtney W., of Blog Me This
9. Enjoy absolute silence. I’m parenting boys.
Eric W., of All in a Dad’s Work
10. Sit and soak in the silence.
Andrea B., of My 30-something Adventures
11. Snuggle with my two favorite boys.
Beth K., of Coffee Until Cocktails
12. watch my three babies being born.
beth k., of i didn’t have my glasses on
13. People-tipping never sounded so fun!
Aunie, of Aunie Sauce
14. Dance like everyone’s watching.
Meredith S., of The Mom of the Year
15. Remove sadness and replace with laughter.
Robin D., of Whisk and Dine
16. Cuddle with my two beautiful girls.
Liz K., of Creative Circle Charlotte
17. Cuddle pile with cats and husband.
Britt S., of Britt Skrabanek
18. Give giant sandwiches to homeless people.
Erin, S., of The Brain Dump
19. Have my first uninterrupted bubble bath.
Brenda K., of brendakearns.com
20. Write a timeless piece of poetry!
Shalu, of The Dreamer Mum
21. Just breathe and enjoy the peace.
Lacey D., of Rock Paper Spirit
22. ‘Zoom. Out. Of. Endless. Traffic. Jams.’ 😀
Shashi, of The Twin Fishes
23. I would pet a live tiger.
Michelle C., of Bijou Bead Boutique
24. I meditate, stillness envelops, time stops.
Donna M., of DJ Ranch
25. Let’s get those kittens into rescue!
Sharon C., of Sharon E. Cathcart
26. Paint silly faces on stuffy people.
Renee S., of Renee Writes
27. Walk slowly in a primeval forest.
Carrie C., of Lead Our Lives
28. I would laugh with my girl.
Michelle, of Tell Me About It
29. Write more. Breathe more. Love more.
Sara L., of Heart of the Story
30. Chug some water! Just chug it!
Lecy, of A Simpler Grace
31. Wipe out all student loan debt.
Zezee, of Zezee With Books
32. Rocking my baby … Heart is overflowing!
Carolyn, of Nuggets of Gold
33. Wrap Zoey up in a hug.
Corey, of Nostalgia Diaries
34. Perform an absolutely amazing magic trick!
Sheri M., of When the Kids go to Bed
35. Look for lost stuff without distraction!
Mimi, of Messy Mimi’s Meanderings
36. Enjoy five minutes of pure silence.
Kally T., of Middle Me
37. I’d gift all children with music.
Simon, of Yllw Chlk
38. Put a smile on people’s faces.
Cris, of Exhale and Enjoy Life
39. Change lottery to match my ticket.
Lisa, of Lisa Thomson Live – Divorce, Fiction, Short Stories
40. Nothing, too many options paralyze me.
Ana, of Blessed With a Star on the Forehead
41. Steal all of the cheese enchiladas.
Eli, of Coach Daddy
I will keep gazing at God.
I love this one.
wonderful post and thanks for including me. I see a pattern of yearning for peace, calm, and quiet. not too much to ask –
Thank you, and thank you, beth. A moment of tranquility, that’s all I ask! (Or also enchiladas. Let’s be honest.)
What a fun question, and I love these answers!
Glad you liked them, Meredith – good to have you along!
Reblogged this on Sharon E. Cathcart and commented:
Hey, everyone! Check out my six word story — and those of many others!
The prompt was fun to contemplate, and I loved seeing all of the different responses.
Thanks for the reblog, Sharon!
Interesting things I had never thought of! Great post!
Good to get some new perspective, right Courtney? Glad you liked it!
This is such a fun post! All I have to say is, I have hope for the future of our planet with all the wonderful things people would do with five minutes of frozen time! ❤
Thanks, Lecy! Not a single person (besides me) talked about stealing during that time, which bodes well for society.
Thanks, Eli for including my ‘words’. So many wonderful answers here. Some funny, some heartfelt and some desperate, like mine haha!!
Thanks for being part of it, Lisa. I’ve missed the collection of answers! The desparate ones are sometimes the most memorable!
So many great ideas and thoughts!
Thought you might like the history on that saying you commented on at my place. During the Battle of Mobile Bay on Aug. 5, 1864, Union Fleet Commander Farragut attacked Confederate Fleet Commander Buchanan, there came a point where his ship slowed, and Rear Admiral Farragut asked why. He was told there were naval mines, back then called torpedoes, in the water. He allegedly replied, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” While he probably didn’t really say it, he was indeed the kind of commander who would have not stopped for anything short of his ship sinking, and then he would have gone after the enemy in a rowboat if he needed to and could.
It’s now used as an expression meaning to press on with a task no matter the risk or danger.
Thanks Mimi! Also, for the explanation. It makes perfect sense! Also, I will work this phrase into a halftime speech this season. I’m sure of it.
Hi Eli. I enjoyed all these. Thank you for including me! I like your…your food comments always make me smile. 🙂
Hi, Michelle. Glad you enjoyed them! Great to have you in. I tried (not very hard) to come up with one not related to food.
😀 😀 your comment made me laugh. I love that you included me. Thank you so much! 🙂
I like the answer about wiping out all student loan debt. Yes, please. LOL
Sneak my Chase credit card in there too – there’s stuff from college on it!
I love all the answers!
Now I am just feeling like I wasted 5 minutes that I could have used to save the world or perhaps to just eat chocolate cake with no consequences.
I will be better prepared next time.
Thank you for including me in this fun post!
So glad you liked these! Eating chocolate cake is actually doing the world some good, don’t discount that! Because happiness.
Glad you liked it – just sent you an invitation to the next one.
Eli, such an enjoyable post! Thank you for including me. I appreciated the opportunity to see a few new blogs along the way as well!
Thank you, Carrie! It was a pleasure to have you in it. I hope you’ll find a blog or two.
These are wonderful…excellent collection!
Glad you liked this, and it was great to have you in!
Nice! Thanks for inviting me to participate. It was fun! 😀
Glad to have you – I’ll email you soon about the next one, Renee!
Be at my son’s Marine graduation.
I’d freeze time to help you do that!
We couldn’t make it there. One of those missed opportunities as a parent that sticks sidewise.
I know them well. Sorry, my friend.
Haha loved reading the answers
Glad you did, Kamran – great to meet you here. I just sent you an invitation to the next six words post.
Lol! Love this one: “People-tipping never sounded so fun!”
Cool, isn’t it Zezee? You should definitely check out Aunie’s blog – she’s a badass and super kind and fun.
It’s amazing how many people defaulted to the lottery. Looks like they’re all nicer than me… can’t you picture me “nicely” people-tipping my way through the mall? Or a mattress store at least to make sure no one got hurt. HAHA!
Money might not buy happiness, but it’s a good start! You would be our entertainment with the people-tipping. Mattress, mall fountain, whatever! Both’ll work.
I’m enjoying your blog and these awesome six-word posts. Can I join this month?
Thanks, Claire! I just sent you an email with the prompt – let me know if you didn’t get it!
sorry for the delay… Love it and re-posted! I’m always surprised at the different responses!
Always worth the wait, Josie! Thanks for the repost, and I’m glad you liked it. Isn’t it a cool collection this time?
Fun exercise! I enjoyed seeing everyone’s responses.
Thanks, Michelle! Always a good variety.
It took me a while to get around to this but maybe that’s because today is a day when I needed to see it. It makes me think of all the simple pleasures in life. Most people just wanted to enjoy the time, or experience pleasure without fear of wasting time. That says a lot about what we really value in life. I really enjoyed reading everyone’s answers
Well, I’m glad it was here for you, Lacey. (I wrote you an email today and I might have spelled your named Lacie. Fair warning!)
I did notice that theme and I feel like we do want that, enjoyment without wasting time. Although to relax and enjoy, could that ever be a waste of time?
Glad to have you in. Hope you’ll join us again!