A long time ago, I think even before I started school, children were taught to read with Dick and Jane books. Even if you aren’t old enough to remember them you have likely heard of them. They went something like this:
See Dick run. See Jane run. See Spot. Spot runs with Dick and Jane.
I mention this because I am taking an on-line writing class about journaling and memoirs. For the class I had an assignment to write about a 10 yr period of my life, but each sentence could only have three words. Just three words. It’s hard! Four would have made all the difference, but phew, three was tough. I was struggling with it until I got the idea to take some liberties with grammar. After all that is what the writing books say, “Experts sometimes break the rules, but they know what the rules are.” That means it’s ok to break the rules as long as I know I am doing it, right? Ok, maybe not.
Anyway, this is just silly, but I thought it would be fun to share. Can’t let things get TOO serious around here!
Leslie’s Life in Three Words
I move Winslow. See friend Charice. We work prison. We are officers. We talk inmates. We work hard. We date boys. We have fun. We get bored. Want more money. Want to date. Want more boys. Think, think, think. Move to Nevada? Nevada pay more. Think, think, think. Move to Alaska? Alaska pay more. Alaska have men. Lots of men. Think, no…move. Move to Alaska.
Live in Anchorage. I love Anchorage. We meet boys. We have adventures. We are tourists. We find jobs. We work half-way-house. Happy, happy, happy. Job offer Bethel. What to do? Good job. Good money. Boring, no men. Think, think, think. Think some more. Don’t want move. But money good. Career move good. Think, think, think. Sigh and move.
Bethel is cold. Bethel is dark. Bethel is Hell. Don’t like Bethel. Bethel is lonely. Job is good. Job pay well. I like job. I hate Bethel. Bethel hates me. Below 80 degrees. Winter is cold. Summer is mosquitoes. I hate Bethel. Met ONE guy. He very handsome. He was jerk. Probably still jerk. Yes, jerk always. Lonely, cold, miserable. I hate Bethel.
Met nice woman. She have son. He single. She say meet. I say ok. One problem. He live Oregon. We laugh. Snow, snow, snow. Cold, cold, cold. Dark, dark, dark. I hate Bethel. I need vacation. I fly Oregon. See my friend. She say meet. Meet my son. I say ok. Why not?
Meet son. He is handsome. He is nice. I like him. He like me? Maybe, probably yes. He say write. Write letters. I say ok. I return Bethel. I write letters. He write one. Maybe two. Bad boy. I move Oregon. We date. Much better.
We date. We kiss. We date. He is happy. I am happy. I ready marry. He thinks. And thinks. And thinks. I wait. Wait, wait, wait. Then he thinks. I wait. Then he proposes. I say maybe. Not. I say yes. I happy. He happy. His mom happy. We plan wedding. We marry April. Everyone happy.
Soon I pregnant. He thrilled. I thrilled. Pregancy long. Finally baby come. It’s a boy. We are family! Everyone is happy.
P.S. This does not actually cover a 10 yr period, I cheated on that too. BUT my teacher said I did “a great job”, so maybe cheating isn’t so bad after all? Shhh! Don’t tell my kids.