06 December 2012

Six-Word Stories For Kelly


"You
think your
thoughts. Me mine."

Knew
I'm outnumbered
by this one.

"Tell
me words."
Hungry for words.

Report
card reported:
a social butterfly.

Her
version: "I
know that stuff."

Small,
but tried
all sports possible.

Swam
with the
big girls. Friends.

College,
found ecology,
never looked back.

Ireland
semester, mind-
expander, life- changer.

Trinidad
rain forest,
and then Carl.

Mother,
follows deeper
rhythms, pays attention.

Two
children adore
her. Why not?


Today is my daughter's birthday. Continuing with the six-word stories, these are about her at various stages of life starting at age three when after an argument with me she announced, hands on hips: "You think your thoughts and I'll think mine." I knew I was in trouble! I enjoyed the process of trying to distil a few of her stories into their essentials. Happy Birthday, Kelly. I love and admire you. I'm glad you were born.





29 comments:

  1. "Report
    card reported:
    a social butterfly"
    Made me smile.

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  2. These all link together in a very charming way - as kind of a mosaic picture of someone. Very cute. k.

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    1. it was a mosaic of highlights of her life and fun to do.

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  3. happy birthday to your daughter....loving the 6 word stories....we just got progress reports yesterday as well..a social butterfly on our hands as well...lol...a semester in ireland would be cool as well...and why not? made me smile..

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    1. Don't worry about the social butterfly, they turn out just fine- it's a great life skill! Her teacher provided more activities for her when she finished her work.

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  4. I like the six word stories, and the photo shows her and her children to be very joyful.

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  5. How proud you must feel to have raised such an independent person!

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    1. I can say that now but I had moments in her young life when I questioned just why I thought that was a good goal.

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    2. This really made me laugh, Mar.

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  6. Amazing how one can often tell what kind of adult someone will become by the kind of person they are as a very young child! I enjoyed these.

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    1. Yes, she walked her path from young and became that kind of adult. It's all good!

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  7. such vitality and joy. she's infectious)))

    xo
    erin

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    1. What a great way to say it, and you're so right.

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  8. I LOVED THIS! Happy birthday to your awesome daughter.

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    1. Thanks, Sally, she's surely awesome.

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  9. Happy Birthday to your daughter. These are a nice gift for her. I especially loved "You think your thoughts...."

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    1. When she said that at age three, I was floored and asked her to repeat it since I couldn't quite believe what I heard. She said it so confidently and clealy. It was her awareness of our separtateness and her need to be her own person. I was put on notice

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  10. Happy birthday, Kelly! I'm glad she was born, too! She certainly has her own mind, doesn't she? Wonder where she got that from? :-)

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    1. She does, always has. Are you implying something?

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  11. Love these! Happy Birthday to a wonderful daughter!

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  12. What a great birthday gift. Love the progression from tiny girlhood to being a mom herself. (I start every class I teach, on the first day, with a six-word memoir project!) Always look forward to your posts. Hope you are well. e

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    1. I'm well. I like that you start your class with six-word memoirs- it's good that students are thinking about memoirs. We leave for Trinidad on the 16th. Yikes! Hugs to you.

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  13. How precious to recall the ages and stages like this! Wonderful gift.

    http://www.kimnelsonwrites.com/2012/12/13/forced-learning-curve/

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