“April Fools”

“There is a wonderful website, put together by an online magazine called that it is a collection of six-word memoirs — people both famous and ordinary trying to distill their lives down to six words about what is most important or distinguished or interesting about them,” writes Catherine A. Caimano. “Everyone is invited to participate, and there is an ongoing gallery of the most recent offerings. The site has also spawned several books, which collect the best of the stories; the first was called “Not Quite What I Was Planning,” and the most recent is titled “It All Changed in an Instant.” Caimano continues, “I find it fascinating, both how popular the site is and also what a challenge it is to try to fit something about our essence into such a narrow form. Some six-word stories are poignant: “I still make coffee for two,” writes someone recovering from a breakup. Some are clever: “Well, I thought it was funny,” is the offering of comedian Stephen Colbert. Some are tragic: the inspiration for the project was an old tale about Ernest Hemingway, who, challenged to write a story in six words, is said to have come up with this: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Of course,” Caimano continues, “my personal favorite is from screenwriter Nora Ephron: “Secret of life: marry an Italian.” And this made me think that, for all the joy and fanfare of Easter, for all the complexity and mystery of our whole religious life together, and for all the billions and billions of words we use to try and explain it all, that Christianity itself has a six-word autobiography, and it is this…”