Daily Archives: June 9, 2011

The Story Behind The Six Words

Today, I’m once again linking up to Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop.  My prompt this week is:

1.) Last week you chose a 6 word memoir to share…this week, elaborate. Tell us the story or thought process behind the sentence you wrote.

You may recall that last week, I wrote six words about this photo:

My six word memoir was:   Fourteen. Life is waiting. Let’s go.

This picture was taken (obviously) the summer I was fourteen. It was just before my first double date. My friend, Diane’s, mom drove the four of us to a nearby arcade. When my “date”, Johnnie, discovered that I didn’t know how to play pool, he offered to show me. Being the shy, withdrawn, “don’t want to draw any attention to myself” teenager that I was, I declined. You can imagine what a fun date I was. Not.

The car I’m standing in front of belonged to my late sister, Rose. It was a Buick Special and was the last car she owned. If you missed my post about her, you can read it here. I think she was really looking forward to me becoming an adult.

When I first chose to write about this photo, I hadn’t noticed the swing set in the background.  Several of my readers commented on it (in reference to my six words), saying that perhaps it symbolized leaving childhood behind.  Since I basically grew up with my nieces and nephews, I have memories of many happy hours spent with them on those swings.

And if you look closely, you can see a ’57 Chevy on the highway in the background. That has nothing to do with my six-word memoir, but I still thought it was interesting.

And now you know the rest of the story.

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