Main Entry: meme
Etymology: alteration of mimeme, from mim- (as in mimesis) + -eme
: an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture
i'd seen the word, wasn't sure what it meant. So i looked it up on good ol' Mirriam-Webster online. Now, this can only be a good word, as it began back when my hips were small and i was a lovely young bride.
This i bring up because i followed the blog-stream from Bookbabie's comment on my One good thing about the flu post. i waded from my post to her blog, and found this:
"As I read yet another book review of a memoir this weekend, my husband told me that I should write one. I said that my story would be much too short and rather boring so when I ran across the following book I decided it was just my speed. A six word memoir! Written by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, Not Quite What I was Expecting: Six Word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure is a compilation based on the story that Hemingway once bet ten dollars that he could sum up his life in six words. His words were- For Sale: baby shoes, never worn. There’s a video on Amazon with examples from the book, it sounds like a fun read! I’d like to start a six word memoir meme and here are the rules:
1. Write your own six word memoir
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to this original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere
4 .Tag five more blogs with links
5. And don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play!
It was actually a lot more difficult that I thought it would be, but here’s mine…
This too shall pass, I hope."
i continued down stream from there to visit the people she had tagged, so i could read their 6 word memoir memes. You can learn a lot about a person from 6 words!
-Lisamm at Books on the Brain came up with some rejects that made me laugh out loud, like:
Where the hell are my keys? and Stop crying and do your homework!
before she settled on this:
Searching for happiness in ordinary moments.
Sperlygirl (who looks like a very fun lady) came up with:
breathe in, breathe out... LET GO!
Fighting Windmills came up with this:
Just six? Can’t I have seven?
Wholeclothdesigns (she has a really cool ETSY store) said,
She likes forts, I still do.
i'd encourage you to click on their links, most had a photo to accompany the meme.
Anyway, i only stumbled in the blog stream a couple of times, which is pretty good for me, before i came back home and started thinking. My dog, Morris, helped me out in my endeavors by deciding he needed to go out at 5 am, even though he'd already gotten my hubby up at 3:50 am for the same trip. After 5 i couldn't get back to sleep, so the wheels started (rustily) turning in my brain.
i came up with ones about the state of my body:
Shouldn't i be thin? Guess not. And, Gray at 50? I'M NOT READY!
Then the state of my mind, with it's companion of fibromyalgia:
My brain's awake, my body's not.
i got philosophical:
My life is not an interruption. and, Live mercy, your soul's best friend.
Now, those were pretty good, i thought, but the first thought i had was the one that stuck with me, and tells my story best:
Can i be a cynical optimist?
i've always had the Pollyanna thing going: Look for the best in things!! But at the same time, i'm giving life the stink-eye, having learned that everybody does not want to play nicely. I'm a regular dichotomy, really.
SO: allow me to tag you: Tersie at The Road to Total Growth-Body Mind and Spirit, Jo at Bits and Pieces, new blog-friend Hinsley at The Oxygen Chronicles, and Betina at B-Happy, and Jen at These pretty things. If you'd like to play, remember to link back here and all that stuff in the fine print. ;-)