Six Words That Say it All About Fatherhood

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Find six words that capture dad.

The six-word opus is becoming its own genre, it seems. There was the original six-word short story by Ernest Hemingway, which inspired SMITH Magazine a few years ago to launch a six-word memoir project. That then inspired a six-word momoir project.

Now, SMITH has teamed up with The Good Men Project, a kind of cultural conversation about manhood, to create Six Words on Dads, a collection of self-published micro-essays on fathers.

Anyone can put their six words in. Just go here and fill in the box. Smith and TGMP will cull through the entries and six of the best will win a copy of , It All Changed in An Instant: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure. One writer will get an autographed copy of the Baby Go The F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach.

What’s great is some of the Six Words on Dads are written not by dads, but the people who made some man a father. They range from funny to touching — and some will break your heart. A sampling:


  • Took a wackjob to raise a wackjob
  • Full-time dad by layoff. Loving it.
  • Greatest inspiration. Most devastating critic: Daddy.
  • I only knew him on Saturdays.


Go add yours either there or here in comments! Maybe something you learned from your dad?

Here’s the six-word Hemingway story for inspiration.


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