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What Was I Thinking?

Life lessons in half a dozen words

What Was I Thinking?: This issue's winners


Thousands of you shared a half a dozen words about the lessons you've learned. Here are a few of our favorites:

Needed Money. Sold my '65 Mustang.
Kay Ruhe, 63, Huntingburg, Indiana
Retired elementary school teacher

Forgot brisket in trunk. Car stunk.
Frances Schube, 50, Dunwoody, Georgia
Art-festival organizer

Widowed too young. Remarried too soon.
Diane MacDougall, 56, Shelby Township, Michigan
Coding-quality specialist

Lent friend money. Believed him. Waiting....
Carol Griffin, 66, Alliance, Ohio
Secretary

Located my childhood sweetheart. Shouldn't have.
Jackie Glover, 67, Abilene, Texas
Licensed vocational nurse

Skipped college. Aged. Learned from life.
Beverly Shroyer, 65, Burleson, Texas
Retired municipal-utility manager

I should have danced all night.
Ann Koster, 72, Dallas, Texas
Former magazine researcher

Hearing missed. Case dismissed. Client pissed.
Edward Siegel, 79, Jacksonville, Florida
Retired lawyer

Market crashed. Hadn't sold. Plan B.
Penny Godoy, 71, Venice, Florida
Corporate officer for health-care and translation companies

Larry Smith, who selected these entries, is the founder of the Six-Word Memoir project and coeditor, with Rachel Fershleiser, of It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.

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