May 20th, 2008 by wrekehavoc

as a writer, i am always sucked in tempted thrilled to find opportunities to challenge myself online, especially between the hours of 10 pm and 4 am (barring those nights when people under the age of 10 decide not to sleep due to illness or just plain cos.) for example, there was a time i wrote abstracts because describing articles in 100 words was more fun than delousing my daughter’s hair. (sadly, that opportunity — the abstract writing website — has gone belly-up, at least for now. the lice, mercifully, are still in louse heaven, living on a giant head.)

but now, i’ve discovered smith magazine, a place where you can be challenged to write about anything… in just six words. considering just how verbose i can be (note entire blog output since 2002) about a whole lot of nothing, well, this screamed try me!

so i did.

recently, i tried my hand at the MOMoirs section. you may have guessed that i have a little experience in the MOM department, having been one for nearly 10 years. and of course, i possess all the answers on being a MOM. for example:

Q: mommy, why can’t i see whether jools will eat this [fill in the blank with anything disgusting, inedible, or poisonous]? wouldn’t it be fun?

A: because mommy doesn’t want to make you personally pump jools’ stomach. you don’t know how to do it, as you have not watched that episode of Trauma: Life in the ER yet.

so when i noticed there was actually a contest on this, well, of course i was going to give it a go.

lucky me. i am a winner.

i had to summon all my powers to think of how i could describe this crazy roller-coaster ride called parenthood in six words. all the joy. all the heartache. all the leftovers. it was not easy to convey that in six measly, economic words. but, it suddenly came to me, as if summoned by a dream:

Can I pee in private, please?

anyway, i would love it if you folks would try your hand at this fun exercise in the comments section. i shouldn’t be the one having all the fun.

11 Responses  
  • MamaBird/SurelyYouNest writes:
    May 20th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Relax. Your child is not you.
    Poor dog, after baby? Not alpha.
    Dog was *not* baby in training.
    Babies turn grandparents into silly putty.

    ok, so i am lazy and didn’t write any new ones, but i hadn’t read these in a bit.

    more importantly, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner?!! That is so cool and of course I heart your entry. You rock!

  • tpgoddess0103 writes:
    May 20th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    LOL!! I am laughing at yours too much to think of my own. Brilliant. Congrats.

  • todd o writes:
    May 20th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    congrats Wreke! now make it a palindrome!!!!
    i’m evil.

  • wrekehavoc writes:
    May 20th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    heeee! love the attempts. and thanks as always guys for the kind words.

    palindrome, huh? it’s 7, not 6 words. but i like it:

    Ma is a nun, as I am.

  • Kim writes:
    May 20th, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Congratulations, you literary goddess, you!

    Hmm, let’s see:

    Toddler and tween: very much alike.
    Puberty does not necessary herald Armaggedon.
    Your sister’s glasses won’t kindle fires.
    Not another after-school activity, please!

  • foolery writes:
    May 20th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Congratulations! And what a superb entry. I’ll give it a go . . .

    “Because I said so, THAT’S why!” Too obvious.

    Mirror, mirror, on my — ACK!! Mom?! Too obscure.

    You da (wo)MAN!

  • Jodi writes:
    May 20th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Glad you commented; Here I am!


    Just stopping by to check out your cool site (after you commented nearly two weeks ago). So, don’t mind me while I have a look around. By the way, I love your entry. A well-deserved win.

  • Kelly O writes:
    May 21st, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    Niiiice. Well done!

  • Elaine writes:
    May 21st, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Congrats, Sher!

    Must morning always start at six?
    I run around in circles daily.
    Cake is not a breakfast food.

  • Nora Bee writes:
    May 21st, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I can see why you won, that is brilliant. Congrats! I’m pondering for one but it won’t beat yours!

  • bkclubcare writes:
    May 22nd, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Congrats! “Mom to dog; does this count?!”

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