I’m wordy. I like to chat. Sometimes too much. But I also have great appreciation for the simplicity of Six Word Stories. These short stories are said to have started in the 1920s when Ernest Hemingway was challenged by his colleagues to write a complete story in just six words. Rising to the challenge, Hemingway famously wrote:
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He considered it among his best work. Sometimes these short stories reach inside and tickle my heart because of how much can be said in so few words. So in honor of living in Paraguay for six months, I challenged my training group to sum up their experiences thus far in just six words.
Like Hemingway, they rose to the challenge. You’ll notice some similarities, but ultimately we each have our own (super concise) story to tell.
Why am I not yet fluent, huh?
The spiders were larger than advertised.
Well, still alive. So hot out.
peaceful life, friendly people, natural beauty.
Tranquility wanted, bugs and heat found.
heat, sweat, mosquitoes, terere, comida, sonrisa
Star gazing, dancing the days away!
enduring, creative, productive, hope, goal accomplished
Signed up destination unknown, found paradise.
Nene Malo, terere, sun, tranquilopa….everyday!
pushed. stretched. supported. loved. exhausted. alive!
-Allison (Me again)
And then we had some cute little schmoozers submit their flattering six words:
Couple of the year, the Goertzes!!!!
You and your husband are wonderful!
What six words would you choose to describe your job? I’d love to hear them in the comments!