June 24, 2011 at 3:50 PM ET
All moms tell birth stories, but as fascinating as they might be to us, the blow-by-blow versions are usually more than most people want to hear. As a writer, I’m a big believer in the theory of “less is more.” Sometimes, you have to pare a story down to its bones to make the biggest impact. Take the famous, six-word story purportedly written by Ernest Hemmingway, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
In the tradition of Hemmingway’s frugality, or maybe a Zen-like tendency, I’d like to invite you to share your three-word birth story in the comments below. Let’s see how many different ways we can capture the birth experience in a mere three words.
To get you started, here are some that were penned by personal friends of mine:
Conceive. Breathe. Achieve. – Wendy Thomas, mother of six kids and a flock of hens, writer, author of the blog Lessons Learned from the Flock.
Whoosh. Spasm. Transform. – Heather Rubesch, friend and colleague on the birth of her son, Jacob
So completely unexpected. – Michele Linn, friend, colleague, and soon-to-be second-time mommy on the birth of her first daughter
No turning back. – Yours truly
Pitocin. Panic. Perfection.- My dear friend, “Shangrila”
Panic, determination, joy. – Mutual friend of mine and Shangrila’s – LMN
Share your three-word birth story in the comments. Have fun!
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