TJ introduced this as a meme on Twitter and got quite a few interesting responses. I think, like the six-word memoirs that we did here before, part of the beauty of these was in the forced brevity of Twitter's 140 character limit. Actually, if we included the tag (#MY_3_MIN_FROM_JR_HIGH) so that others could find them, we were down to just 117. I know because I used them all. If there were some sort of award for the person on Twitter who most often uses all 140 characters, I feel confident I would win it. Brevity is not my strong suit.
Anyway, I thought this could be an interesting challenge for all of you. And since the six-word memoir thing was so fun and so well-participated, I have decided to sweeten the pot by making this Superfantastic Contest Number Two. Since I'm unemployed and all, the prize will have to be something I already own. Who knows what it could be? Not me.
Now, I'm not going to require that you count your characters, although a word processing program will do it for you if you type it there first. Just know that brevity will be an important factor in deciding the winner. Also, remember this shouldn't be just something that's funny or that sucked or that reminds us all of what stupid things we wore/watched/listened to back in the day. It doesn't even have to be something that most people would consider hugely significant, but it does have to be a moment that has helped shape who you became.
If you're like me, you may not have to think very hard at all. I swear, this isn't something that I think about often or really at all, but when I read the challenge, one memory popped into my head. Here's my tweet:
Boy I like who likes me explains that he has to take a different girl to the dance because she's popular and I'm not.
Ooh, a clue to my twisted psyche! Intentionally offered up to the whole internet! If I really thought about it, I'm sure I could come up with something that seemed more formative, but this was the first one to come to mind and usually that means something, so there you have it.
Rules: You have until midnight, central time, on Sunday (Oct. 5) to submit your three minutes from junior high in the comments. Keep it short, please. The winner will be selected by me, possibly in consultation with any of my friends and/or acquaintances I strong-arm into giving their opinions. I'm going to shoot for just one winner, but who knows with these things? The prize, selected by me, will be mailed at such a time as I get around to going to the post office. Should you win, you should not get your hopes up about the fabulousness of your prize or the timeliness of its arrival. But I'll announce your name and link to your blog if you have one. That will probably happen on Monday. Most likely.
If you have questions, leave a comment or email me, but otherwise get thinking back to junior high. Maybe wait until you're at home though, just in case that reminiscing should end with you crying and rocking yourself in a dark corner. A lot of workplaces frown on that. I hear.