Kristen the Knitting Kninja tagged me to write my memoirs...in six words. I fumbled around for a while, trying to come up with something profound and counting on my fingers all at once. I realized, though, that a lot about me can be summed up by my reaction to this meme - I think I read that somewhere.
It's the story of my life. I'm constantly reading something, even if it's just blogs and message boards while I'm supposed to be working. I can't seem to do anything without researching it via the internet and library books and talking to people who might be familiar with what I'm about to do. Cooking, gardening, painting the living room, making financial decisions - nothing is free from my desire to read about it and know all the details. I've also come to prefer my reading for pleasure books to be historical fiction or those in which there's a kernel of truth or knowledge to be gleaned. In special situations, this memoir and guiding principle can also come out as "Hey, they were talking about that on NPR earlier." But that's more than six words, and I don't have a cute childhood picture to illustrate it.
This propensity for reading and researching has made me the kind of person that knows a little bit about a lot of things. I'm also the annoying kind of person who doesn't forget all of those little bits. I know what all the weird little tools and kitchen gadgets in specialty stores are called, and I know more than any Midwestern American layperson needs to know about the Plantagenets and the Tudors. I know why bread rises, and I know that clematis vines like to have shaded roots and sunny branches, even though I don't have a single one in the garden. Unfortunately, none of this is terribly practical, and I just end up worrying and trying to do the best thing. (Should I knit two more rounds to make this fit better? This person on Ravelry did, this one didn't, but what will be best for me? Should we refinance now or later? I know all the pros and cons, but I still don't know!) All sorts of obscure factual knowledge doesn't help with those sort of judgments. This is my nature, and I'm afraid it's only going to get worse. I feel sorry for my caregiver when I'm 90.
The origins of the six-word memoir are described in this NPR story. Yes, I heard about it that way. Here are the guidelines:
- Write your own six word memoir.
- Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like.
- 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.
- Tag five more blogs with links.
I'm not usually big on tagging, but I think is a pretty cool meme as those things go. So, here are five bloggers whose six word memoirs I'd like to read. Participate if it catches your fancy, ignore otherwise!