Our Six Word Memoir
Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write the ultimate short story – a narrative of only 6 words. His answer? “For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.” Compelling and thought provoking.
In 2006, SmithMag.net posted a challenge to writers around the globe to write their own 6-word narratives, but with a twist: make it biographical. This Six-Word Memoir challenge had submissions flooding in and readers wondering about the stories behind the words.
Phrases like, “I still make coffee for two,” and “Alzheimer’s: meeting new people every day,” or “Craigslist: found apartment, dog, and husband,” activate imaginations and conjure up feelings associated with each reader’s life.
This had us thinking about our own 6-Word Memoir. What would we want to say? Which adjectives might resonate best?
How about, “Insuring Virginians’ Homes for 227 years,” or “Since 1794: insuring our members’ homes.” Maybe “Since 1794: homeowner peace of mind.”
What would your 6-Word Memoir be? Let us know! If you have a suggestion for Mutual Assurance, we’d love to hear it!
REF: Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak by Writers Famous and Obscure and I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure.ReadersDigest.com