Saturday, February 18, 2012

An Epitaph, of Sorts


Methinks Jenny is in a hurry this weekend and has fashioned an assignment to match: no prompt at all and only six words to write an itty-bitty autobiographical (autobriefographical) sketch of ourselves...or as I like to call it, an epitaph.

It's hard to accomplish much in six words, so I tried to pick the one aspect of me that I care most about...the essential part that I could never escape no matter how hard I might try (not that I WOULD try, you understand). My compulsion to write came to mind, as did my relentless need to read, my love of learning, my reverence for nature, the many good years spent at my husband's side, and the idea of family in general, but when it comes right down to it the most visceral and diehard aspect of me is the one I see as a calling, a stewardship from which I will never be released, a personal and priceless responsibility.

So here it is...Sue's autobiographical epitaph, with art to match:

Vu Cao Dam (1908-2000)

A mother ~ first, last, and always.

Of course, I have generously provided two
alternate choices for the more irreverent:

Arrived, thrived, wed, bred, now dead.
or perhaps
Arrived, got stoked, wed, bred, croaked.

24 comments:

Pondside said...

Very clever - and I like the first one best!

Mama Zen said...

Perfect! I love them all!

yaya said...

Being the goof that I am I love the last two as much as the beautiful first one with the lovely photo. At work they often talk about what we were like when we were younger and what I always tell them is also something I think I should put on my tombstone.."Hey, I wasn't always a Mormon"....'nuff said!

anitamombanita said...

Me thinks you is right about Mrs. Jenny...AND... me thinks you captured you quite good.

Another 6 words about you: paints life's truths beautifully with words.

Love ya.

Eva Gallant said...

Of course, you would know I'd love the irreverant ones!

Stacy Crawford said...

:)

I have to agree with Yaya, I like the last two. Funny.

But the momma stuff is just as important!

Grandma Honey said...

It's all in the way you say it, huh? :)

Dazee Dreamer said...

Oh wow. That was really powerful.

Brian Miller said...

hehe...i love the sweetness in your first, but the irreverent in my laughed out loud at the second two....smiles...

Karen S. said...

...and what a blessed way to be!

Polly Janos said...

The first made me go "awwww"!

The other two made me giggle.

And you know something? That is the YOU you've allowed us all to see...both endearing and silly! Love you!

Judie said...

Hahaha! You are sooo smart! I love them all!!

LeAnn said...

Sue, you have done it again. I am smiling and laughing at this one. You do have a way with words and I love it.
Blessings to you; I needed some cheer.

Jo said...

hilarious options! Love the first on the best!

janaki nagaraj said...

All of them...awesome!

allwaysjudee said...

The alternatives are funny!

Anna said...

Yep, Sue, you are right about one thing: Writing is your strength! Personally, I think Jenny was clever throwing this one at us. She's a wonderful teacher, don't you think?

I like your idea of being a mother first, last and always. Very nice.

Thank you for visiting my post.

Best wishes& hugs,
Anna

For the benefit of other readers:
Anna's life in six words for SC wk 94
Take a look at last week's too:
'Cissi and Cassy'-Anna's SC wk 93

Pearl said...

Delightful, sentimental, and irreverent.

I like it.

Pearl

Once Upon an Equine said...

That's very beautiful.

Ames said...

LOL! The first is good the second and third is terribly funny. Hee~Ames

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Is it wrong that the darkly funny ones are. Y faces? I'm so glad I'd swallowed my coffee before I read them! I would've killed another keyboard!

Darlene said...

Oh my gosh, I laughed out loud at the last two. Hope I didn't wake Dick up from his nap. Honestly, Sue, you are too much. I loved the last two. They are both priceless. Of course, the first one maybe has more character, but then, being the character you are, I just have to appreciate the others more.

Gail said...

Your heart is in the first, your humor is showing...good job on all three!

Jenny said...

Sue, I was thinking, 'awwww...that's so perfect for Sue"

...

And then you totally cracked me up!

Still chuckling here.

You are always a wonderful gem!

My six words for you!

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