Friday, April 18, 2008

A Memoir

I was tagged by Xandra at Heart of Service for this meme. It was started by Bookbaby and is based on a book written by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser, Not Quite What I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure . It 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. So here are the rules: 1. Write your own Six-Word Memoir. 2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want. 3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to the original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the blogosphere. 4. Tag at least five more blogs with links. 5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play. I thought this would be too hard to do, but after some gentle but firm prodding from Xandra, I have come up with my six word memoir:

Thursday's child has far to go.

I mentioned in a previous post that my birthday this year (which is next week -- apparently I am so excited to turn 50 I was hoping it would happen a week early -- or I'm already suffering from dementia), anyway, my birthday this year falls on the same day that I was born, a Thursday. According to the nursery rhyme, children born on Thursdays have "far to go."

Monday's child is fair of face. Tuesday's child is full of grace. Wednesday's child is full of woe. Thursday's child has far to go. Friday's child is loving and giving. Saturday's child works hard for a living, But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day, Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

And if it's written, of course there is some truth to it. I used to so wish I could have been "fair of face" or "loving and giving." "Far to go"? Who wants that? However, it does suit me, I've always been a late bloomer, always a bit behind in figuring out what I want to do or be. And I've decided that's not such a bad thing. If any of you caught Oprah on Wednesday, Maria Shriver was on and shared her story of still figuring out who she is after 52 years. Having grown up in a family that dictated to her to what she should be, she is now discovering it for herself. She made a good point. We're all constantly evolving into who we are. We don't become fully devloped at 10 years old, 20, 30, 40 or even 50. It's exciting to know that there are still things to discover about yourself and still ways to grow. So, now I get to tag some people. I know this has been going around for a while, so you haven't been tagged and want to jump in, please do. I would love to see what Bill, Bev, Tristi, and Bill, I'm curious what Carolyn would write.


Tristi Pinkston said...

I'll post it tomorrow! Now, I have to think!

Xandra said...

I love it....I knew you would come up with something good!!


annie said...

Hmmm... I don't even know what day I was born on?
This was a fun but hard meme.
Hope you have a great weekend!

Rebecca said...

This meme is everywhere! I did the same one earlier this week.

I think I might actually have to buy this damn book now!

Bev said...

Sounds like fun, thanks for tagging me, I'll try to get to it over the weekend before Sarah and Chris and the tribe arrive!

Jen said...

Very well put. Loved the saying. 50 I tell you is the new baby.

bookbabie said...

Lovely post and memoir, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up either;) Thanks for playing!

Sandcastle Momma said...

I love that rhyme. My youngest son was born on a Thursday and when I read the rhyme to him he got mad and wanted to know why he's the only one in the family that has far too go LOL None of my kids were born on a Sunday and believe me you can tell LOL

violetlady said...

I was also born on a Thursday - Thanksgiving as a matter of fact. I am 62 and still evolving. I wonder what I will be when I grow up?