A few days ago, on NPR I heard an interview with the editors of the book Not Quite What I Was Planning, Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser. They are editors of online magazine Smith. They'd asked readers to write the story of their lives in six words. The results are riveting. Famous and not-so famous responded, hundreds a day.
A famous example would be "I came, I saw, I conquered." Three words if you insist on the Latin "veni, vidi, vici", but works in English.
Some of my favorites:
"I still make coffee for two."
"After Harvard, had baby with crackhead."
"Brush with death, comb with life."
"Sold the saxaphone, bought a computer."
On Blog of the Nation, they asked listeners to submit their own:
"Previous high achiever succumbs to mediocrity."
"Had a life. Became a wife."
"Is it time to retire yet?"
I tried to do my own, but couldn't think of anything I liked enough. How about you?