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My Most Memorable Meal

Your best meal ever—in half a dozen words.

My Most Memorable Meal: This issue's winners


Thousands of you shared a half-dozen words about your favorite meals. Here are a few of our favorites.

Gull steals chop from hot grill.
Babs Scott, 71, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Marriage proposal written on a cheesecake!
Kathy Dolan, 59, Brevard, North Carolina
"Domestic goddess" and writer

Mother's Day: scrambled eggs with shells.
Phyllis Lafleur, 52, Ville Platte, Louisiana
Retired teacher

First date: candlelight, tablecloth on fire!
Denise Coté, 53, Anacortes, Washington
Self-employed accounting/office professional

Vietnam. Discharged. Home. Mom cooked. Delighted!
Donald Harbin, 60, Flint, Michigan
U.S. Postal Service letter carrier

Swear words—got soap for dinner.
Gerald A. McBreen, 74, Pacific, Washington
Retired U.S. Postal Service worker

Two days' labor. Nurse served liver.
Bonnie Nolan, 69, San Marcos, California
Retired graphic artist


Larry Smith, who selected these memoirs, is the founder and editor-in-chief of SMITH Magazine and creator of the Six-Word Memoir project. He is also the coeditor, with Rachel Fershleiser, of a new book, It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.