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Share a Six Word Memoir

Can you tell your life story in six words? A few months ago, NPR mentioned Smith Magazine’s six word memoir contest. Many of the submissions were heartbreaking and hilarious. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Fat fired lawyer loves three-legged cat.
  • Never really finished anything, except cake
  • After Harvard, had baby with crackhead.
  • Caring for parents. Life is circular.
  • Nerdy girl smutmonger. Now, baby fever.
  • Being a monk stunk. Better gay.

So of course, I had to try my hand at a few memoirs. Mike and I came up with these for me.

  • Three degrees, one baby, still unsatisfied.
  • Mormon feminist loves husband, hates patriarchy.

What about you? I’d love to hear how some of you would describe your life in six words.


Caroline has a PhD in religion and studies Mormon women.

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36 Responses

  1. Mark N. says:

    Mistakenly chose the information technology field.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Lived life by default. No more!

  3. BJohnson says:

    Hate lawyering; can’t construct a future.

  4. Deborah says:

    English teacher lives for ah-ha moments.


    Heart belongs to Bug, daisies, Mike.

  5. Heather O. says:

    Life’s hard. Smiling through it anyway.


    Nerdy bookworms make the nicest husbands.

  6. Starfoxy says:

    Astrophysics do not improve childcare skills.

  7. Bored in Vernal says:

    Forty-something, five feet tall, still growing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Born deaf, wild youth, married friend.

  9. meems says:

    always waiting for life to start


    creativity shackled by self-imposed normalcy

  10. Caroline says:

    I’m loving all your memoirs!

    A few of yours particularly resonate with me. I sympathize with all of you who lament your career choices.

    On that theme, here’s another one from me.

    “Why did I major in Classics?”

    Heather O, I totally agree about the nerdy bookworms! They’re the best.

    BOV, I love yours!

  11. Vada says:

    The one that came to mind first:

    Five years, two kids, eight moves.

  12. Chrystabel says:

    Near Death, Five Kids, Still Here

    Loves Life And Fresh Mown Grass

    Doubting Child Transforms Into Heavenly Daughter

    Two Languages, Two Hearts Beget Twins.

  13. Chrystabel says:


    Aspiring Writer Seeks Homemaking Bliss

  14. SilverRain says:

    Doing what’s right doesn’t beat loneliness.

  15. EmilyS says:

    Not what you think I am.


    Wanderer. Wants Home – but stasis chafes.


    In love with her own past.

  16. Ana says:

    Divided family, wild kids stretch me.

    Learned I’m stronger than I thought.

    Stubborn Mormon mama writes about science.

  17. bigbrownhouse says:

    Forty. Thought I would be further.

    Mormonism. Love it, don’t believe it.

    Heart’s only pure peace: my children.

  18. Melanie says:

    Being happy doesn’t require a husband.

    Education freed me from feeling inadequate.

    Confidence: it sure took long enough.

  19. Maria says:

    Hates studying for New York bar.

  20. Caroline says:

    These are wonderful! It’s amazing how much a person can reveal about themselves in six words.

    Silverrain and big brown house, yours really struck me. Well done.

    EmilyS, loved your one about the wanderer.

  21. Dora says:

    Thought I’d try it in five words. Just to one-up … literally.

    Dancer reads and heals kids. (Too busy and disconnected)

    Enamoured with idea of *love.* (Too focused on one small portion of my life)

    Imagine all the wonderful possibilities. (Better. More scope. Less personal)

    Making life supercallifragilisticexpialidotious as possible (Just for fun)

    Finding joy, doing my thing. (Think this one is the winner … for now.)

  22. Bored in Vernal says:

    Dora, you may have done it in 5 words, but then you did it 5 times… = 25 words. You lose!

  23. Dora says:

    Wow, not even the obligatory smiley face. Harsh.

  24. christi says:

    Played Brahms. Playing house. Next movement?

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  28. mindy says:

    Love mammals. Married one. Have two.

  29. tisheli says:

    Four generations. One house. Getting by.


    Found myself teaching preschool. How random.


    Two kids and a husband. Joy.

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  31. Alli says:

    Stay-at-home mom seeks balance.

    Perfectionist learning to let it go.

    Balancing motherhood, wifehood and selfhood precariously.

    Painting the white picket fence red.

  32. Tyler says:

    He wakes late to start dreams

    He makes her laugh a lot

    Throw Scott, marry Brody, sex Tim.

  33. Bluecoats soprano says:

    They are not better than us

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  35. GeoWulf says:

    Ditched Devil Spawn, Married True Companion

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