In a Word

The other day I was listening to Oprah and Friends. I’m sorry, but I can’t remember who was on or the name of the author they were interviewing. It was Angela…something, but that’s not very helpful. :} This Angela person was talking about a writing exercise where you write about ten years of your life while only using sentences made up of three words. I decided to give it a try, and it was actually fun. Challenging at times, too. The idea is that you get to the heart of what happened. We can embellish our writing sometimes. This helps you to focus, I guess.

I’m not sure what the rule is regarding contractions and I think I ended a couple of sentences in prepositions, but ah well. I could not figure out how to reduce “We bought a house” down to three words! My creativity was challenged.

So, here’s my list. Yes – another list! It turned out a little long, and it could have been much longer, but I didn’t want to torture you. 😉 One thing became apparent. The last ten years of my life have been consumed with marriage and kids. Which is good. I wonder what the next ten years will be like…

The Last Ten Years in 3 Word Sentences

We’ve a house.
I met neighbours.
We bought appliances.
We got dogs.
They chewed everything.
I got married.
It was fun.
Costumes were worn.
We visited England.
I worked some.
I disliked it.
I challenged authority.
I made mistakes.
I learned plenty.
I grew up.
I read Celestine.
Philosophy was discussed.
Friendships were made.
I got pregnant.
I lost it.
I wept deeply.
I got pregnant.
A boy came.
What comes now?
I didn’t know.
I breast fed.
My nipples hurt.
They got better.
Adrian was home.
I scrap booked.
I breast fed.
I slept some.
Adrian works away.
Eight months passed.
I got pregnant.
A girl came.
What a joy!
Then she cried.
She cried plenty.
She was colicky.
I slept NONE.
I went crazy.
Then I cried.
I cried lots.
Then she cried.
The boy cried.
Adrian was baffled.
He was unsupportive.
His feet hurt!
I am resentful.
Did you guess?
My mom helped.
I’m so grateful.
My friend counselled.
She brought laughter.
I am thankful.
Seven months passed.
The peace came.
We all slept.
We stopped crying.
I became “normal”.
We had play-dates.
We attended groups.
We met children.
I met moms.
I learned parenting.
I read books.
We visited zoos.
I entered therapy.
I tackled issues.
I met women.
I was challenged.
I let go.
A friendship failed.
The kids grew.
We home school.
Days are good.
Days are bad.
I am learning.
I am hoping.
I discovered blogging.
Thank you, Jane.
I’m slightly addicted.
Today is good.


About Debbie

I am a stay at home mom of 2 energetic children. I homeschool them as well. I have a great husband who, after 7 years of working away from, finally has a job where he is home every night. We are trying to learn how to live together again along with adjusting to the lower pay that came along with the job change.
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7 Responses to In a Word

  1. Happy and Blue 2 says:

    That looks like an interesting thing to do. I’ll never do it but I’m glad you did, ha,ha.
    Since you are still married and still have kids I imagine the next ten years will be similar. Perhaps with a few extra points like “My butt dropped” “My boobs dropped” and “Frickin gray hairs”
    I’ll check back in 10 years to see if I was close..

  2. Joy T. says:

    Great list and I believe I’m about 10 years older than you so I can say Happy hit the nail darn near on the head on what might be on the next list. Although I finally got a chance to watch Oprah tonight and wow! did those ‘older’ ladies give me some inspiration.

  3. Sirdar says:

    WOW. If you look at what you wrote a person could tell a lot about your past 10 years. I don’t know if I could do the three word thing. Not sure I want to either…..not a lot of highs for me.

    Did you say you were Married With Children? I loved that show. 🙂

  4. Heather says:

    I’m sure I’ll have to make a list…the three word thing might be tricky though…my past ten years have been with kids…my oldest will be 11…going back 15 years would say even more about me prior to kids.

    I love happy’s “butt dropped” “frickin gray hairs”…

  5. Steffi says:

    Your list over the last ten years looks very interesting. My list about the last ten years is not really excited : I had bad days and of course good days.We moved to North of Germany (because my husband was over 20 years by the army).Originally we are from East Germany in the near from Dresden.

    Anne, my older daughter, finished her school after ten years and now she makes a education on the foreign languages school for english and spanish and she traveled already a little bit around the world with her choir.
    Nathalie started school and now she learns already at grade 5 and I have a part time job in a department of garden.Married I ´m since over 17 years…and my husband learnt a new education after his time by the army….


  6. Debbie says:

    Happy – Hmmmmm. I probably could have added those now! Yikes.

    Joy – Those ladies WERE awesome!

    Sirdar – As I’m seeing the 3 word thing isn’t for everyone. I must have too much time on my hands o somethin’!

    Heather – I thought it might be therapeutic to do the ten years from 10 – 20…then I came to my senses. Who wants to relive THOSE years! Sheesh.

    Steffi – Sounds like your kids are doing wonderfully. Married 17 yrs! Excellent. Interesting that he was in the army.

    Sometimes, we think our life isn’t exciting or full of accomplishments, but when we look at it again we may think twice. Moving, having kids that are doing so well, and supporting your husband through a career change are very valuable.

  7. Heather says:

    “Sometimes, we think our life isn’t exciting or full of accomplishments, but when we look at it again we may think twice. Moving, having kids that are doing so well, and supporting your husband through a career change are very valuable.”

    I absolutely agree.

    I started doing my own list today and I realized how much my family (not my family at home) has greatly been part of how I think of my last 10 years….some of it has been actually part of my 10 years and some of it has just been added stress and worry…anyways I’ll probably post it whenever I finish it…

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