Six-word stories: IJ readers share short tales that celebrate friendship – Marin Independent Journal

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Remember when we were so eager for 2020 to be over? Then 2021 came and many of us were hopeful things would get better in the new year. And now here we are, three months away from 2022 and in many ways, things feel about the same — COVID is still raging, wildfires are still burning, the drought has gotten worse.
When will things end? I don’t know, but as they say, when one thing ends another thing begins.
So I’ve been thinking about endings.
For September, please share a six-word story of endings of any kind. Please make it a story with a beginning, middle and end, and not just six adjectives — make us laugh or cry or at the very least feel something.
If you want your story to run in the IJ, please:
• Write “Six-word story” in the subject line
• Send one story. Just one
• Include your full name and Marin town in the body of the email (not in the subject line)
• Write your short story in the body of the email (not in the subject line or in an attachment)
• Use proper punctuation (check the dictionary, please)
• Use sentence style (no capitalization unless a proper name)
• Use correct spelling (check the dictionary, please)
• It does not need to rhyme and ideally shouldn’t
Send your story to [email protected] by Sept. 17 with “Six-Word Story” in the subject line. Then look for your story in the Sept. 28 lifestyles section and online.
Last month, e asked readers to share a short tale celebrating friendship. Here’s what they had to say.
We laughed then, we laugh now. — Jesse N. Alvarez, Novato
Hard times; she supported me unconditionally. — Billie Forer, San Rafael
My friend; introspective, loyal, quiet, funny. — Madeleine Devlin, San Rafael
My best friend is lucky me. —  Sheryl York, San Rafael
Lovers excite.  Faithful friends forever delight. — Gailya Magdalena, Lucas Valley
My BFF stopped leaf-blowing for me. — Mary Geving, Woodacre
Friends across 6,000 miles, 63 years. — Susan Savage, Novato
True friendship is giving and accepting. — Marie Lazzari, Novato
My friends’ prayers heal me now. — Brita Ostrom, Fairfax
Likeminded IJ writer, a friend indeed. — Dart Cherk, Mill Valley
Unconditional outpouring of laughter and love. — Charlotte Winters, Corte Madera
Nicky: ready, willing, able for adventure. — Marilyn Friedman, Lucas Valley
New best friends, seagulls  and towhees. — Katherine Ware, Belvedere
Distant relative died; friend arranges travel. — Barbara O’Brien, San Anselmo
My roommate, then bridesmaid, always friend. — Kathy Barrass, San Rafael
Book group: two decades, nine women. — Susan Lundy, Fairfax
Board gaming, dancing, dinners, repeat, bliss. — Karen Herzog, Corte Madera
He shows up without judgment, laughing. — Glenda Corning, Corte Madera
She was always there for me. — Barbara Leopold, Greenbrae
Every morning faithful text: “Let’s walk.” — Martha Runco, San Rafael
Soulmates remain after sex mates wane. — Lorraine Peters, San Rafael
Call me. The answer is yes. — Keenan Kelsey, Larkspur
My dearest college girlfriends last forever. — Marilyn Ormond, San Anselmo
Like sisters. Life happens. Still sisters. — Alison Berka, Tiburon
Friendships with older people are blessings. — Diane Cokely, San Anselmo
Coffee shops, kitchen tables, friendships blossom. — Nancy Greenfield, Larkspur
A special bond, can share everything. — Cece Jonsen   Novato
Friends are family, family are friends. — Barbara A. Begley, Mill Valley
He gifted me a refrigerator magnet. — Veronica Napoles, Mill Valley
Better dancing with friends than husbands. — Sarah Weller Leipsic, San Rafael
Gary saved me more than once. — Kay Noguchi, Terra Linda
My girlfriends, we laugh at absurdities. — Susan Storch, Greenbrae
Backpacking, rent, books, men’s group, truth. — Ron Skellenger, Woodacre
Hearts connected, life unfolded, heaven called. — Jane Rivera, Mill Valley
One call is all she needs. –bCarolyn Hew, Greenbrae
Millbusch help with love and expertise. — Peter Hayward, Novato
Bleacher moms to besties for life. —  Debbie Smith, Novato
Met backpacking, talk daily, great friendship. — Stacey Pogorzelski, Novato
Nightly check-ins. Spirits soar. Cherished friendship. — Susan Mines, Terra Linda
Friends are Godsend, through it all. — Karin Granados, San Rafael
A true friend can hear you. — Madeline Kellner, Novato
Irreplaceable, sincere, understanding, respectful, clairvoyant, appreciated. — Antoinette DeLucchi, San Rafael
New friends silver, old friends gold. — Cheryl Howard, San Rafael
College, shared cheesecake makes lifelong bestie. — Davi Gainer, Mill Valley
Sam slept beside me in ICU. —  Karen Henke, San Rafael
Stroke struck, husband died, friends rallied. — Maya Manny, San Rafael
Making friends, staying friends forever. — Marian Mon, Novato
Husband in care. Friends throw lifeline. — Dee Fratus, Larkspur
Two hearts, two minds, shared thoughts. — Sharon Eide, Novato
Good friends are the sun’s brilliance. — Therese Stawowy, San Rafael
Gonna get by with my friends. — Sam Fleeger, Marin City
Polly’s friendship tempered our family grief. — Jim Koger, San Rafael
Senior LGBTQ friends saved my life. — Lolma Olson, Novato
Reliably there for joy or comfort. — Jenny Wood, Mill Valley
Blessed with sisters as best friends. — Mary Lou Hayward, Novato
Platonic relationships, no; great friendships, yes. — Francis Parnell, Ross
New or old, all are gold. — Lisa Pavlovsky , Lucas Valley
Rowena, lifelong devoted friend and confident. — Bonnie Smolen, San Rafael
Childhood friend: Addiction, estrangement, death, forgiveness. — Mary Anne Daly, Mill Valley
True friendships endure longer than marriages. — Marty Barry, Novato
Your altruistic spirit warms my heart. — Ronelle Scardina, Marinwood
Without you, we don’t make it. — Darlene Purcell, Novato
Caring and sharing, no strings attached. — Sandy Sverdloff, San Rafael
My happy life depends upon friends. — Valerie Jelenfy Stilson, San Rafael
Like sisters, we grew up together. — Linda Engstrom, Terra Linda
My friends help keep me sane. — Marcia Naomi Berger, San Rafael
Most loyal friend ever, my spaniel. — Hank Simmonds, Kentfield
No family needed; just good friends. — Pamela Lunstead, Novato
Giving me references for gainful employment. — Karen Arnold, San Rafael
Sally donated her kidney. Forever grateful. — Shar Senor Carlyle, San Rafael
Best friend moves away, now what? — Richard Schneider, San Rafael
Friends like sunshine, brighten my life. — Stacy Burroughs, San Anselmo
So many hysterical stories with Heidi. —  Kathy Cahill Slaught, Larkspur
Friendship led to a 62-year marriage. — Dick Young, Greenbrae
Our walks become our happy hours. — Karen Kempf, Novato
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