What are you thankful for? Say it in six words

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he First Thanksgiving, 1621, Plymouth Colony, MA. The Pilgrims didn’t call it Thanksgiving

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn” read the handout in my short fiction creative writing MA class at the University of East Anglia.

It’s a famous six-word story, often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, though it’s not entirely clear he wrote it.

Whoever did was a master of flash fiction. There are many worlds in that one short sentence. It suggests many emotions, events and experiences.

Who placed that advert? A heartbroken nearly-mother? An impecunious almost-father? What pain lies in the two words “never worn”?

The six-word story can truly be a magnificent thing.

David Leonhardt of the New York Times recently asked readers to send in their six-word take for Thanksgiving. Write about what you’re grateful for, he suggested, building on magazine editor Larry Smith’s bestselling six-word memoir series.

This Thanksgiving, I’m busy thinking of my six thankful words. Try it.

Originally published at https://www.rashmee.com on November 26, 2020.

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