This week I’m positively smitten with:
1. Graduation Speeches: In a few weeks it will be graduation time. When I graduated from college, I was just a speck in the crowd. It was difficult to see everything and take it all in, but I do remember listening intently to the graduation speech and thinking about how I would apply it to my life. That’s why I love “Wear Sunscreen: A Primer for Real Life”, by Mary Schmich. This originated as a June 1997 Chicago Tribune column by a woman who thought it would be fun to outline what she would say in a graduation speech. I have a copy of this now-book, and I occasionally flip through it when I need a reminder on what’s important in life (like, “Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at forty, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your seventy-fifth wedding anniversary.”). Graduation speeches are chock full of wise statements and thought-provoking realities of life; I think we all should have one handy when we need encouraging words.
2. A Mother’s Love: It’s not yet Mother’s Day but I’ve got two moms on my mind this week – my own mother, and my boyfriend’s. Both women have been such an inspiration to me for how I want to be as I sail off into my adult years and, someday, motherhood. But most recently I’ve been amazed by their abundance of generosity. The time, energy, and love they put into helping me and my boyfriend with various projects baffles me. I asked my mom what makes a person want to give so much, and she said it’s something mothers do because “helping our children around their homes is as fulfilling as if it were our own.” So this week I’m smitten with both moms and all that they do. Just in time for Mother’s Day, what’s the best way to show them how much I care?
3. Feisty Artists: OK, at first I wasn’t sure how I felt about these sketches of naked men making their way around the internet, but kudos to the feisty artist behind this strategy for trying to show those who objectify women how they look and sound and what it feels like to be on the receiving end. And she makes a great point. “It was sort of the most basic, juvenile, immature thing I could possibly do, which was completely perfect,” said Anna Gensler. “These guys are immature and their lines are incredibly juvenile, yet they are still offensive to the women they are aimed toward. The same can be said for these doodles.” You just have to see for yourself, and then applaud Anna for her courage to stand up for women.
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