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February 12, 2021

Our Six Word Memoir

Ernest Hemingway wrote novels and short stories using terse sentences, sparsePhoto of Ernest Hemingway descriptions, and few adjectives in contrast to the flowery prose of his 20th century contemporaries.

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, 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 &