A Six-Word Memoir® is the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.

In classrooms and boardrooms, churches and synagogues, veteran's groups and across the dinner table, Six-Word Memoirs have become a powerful tool to catalyze conversation, spark imagination or simply break the ice.

Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.

More than half a million short stories have been shared here. Read more about six.

So give six a try—and make your words count.


Six Word Memoirs
Social Buttons Facebook Twitter Tumblr Pinterest YouTube


Wantagh, Seaford, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Amityville

by whelp on June 16, 2013   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

I'm Massapequa . I was in the city all the time. In 1976 I was 13, the round trip fare was $4.00 to Penn station. Then I would take two subways to Grand Central to get a train to Westchester. My best friend lived there.

That was scary, the city was seedy. I remember a street fair on 8th or 9th by broadway being filled with XXX movies, and topless dancer bars.

I would usually be in the village. Washington Square park. I felt like such a dorky tourist there. But I loved the avant garde atmosphere. You could smoke pot in public, and people watch.
I was at every concert venue: MSG, the Palladium, CBGBs, Roseland. I remember those. Central Park free concerts Lazar Rock at the Hayden Planetarium.

The train took back to Long Island I blew the dirt out of my nose, bathed, and reminisced.

Years later I got to know the conductors of a train I took all the time. It was the 4:30diesel train from Bay Shore to Jamaica. An empty train. They had a lot of seniority.

I asked them which is the worse train to work. I thought Saint Patty's day or New Year's Eve. I was wrong, it was anytime the Rangers and Islanders played at the garden.


Six Word Memoirs Logo
Powered by Smith Magazine