Steph’s Smitten List: Graduation Speeches, A Mother’s Love, Feisty Artists

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?

Mother and daughter

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.

Sketch of man

Photo credit: instagranniepants


2 responses to “Steph’s Smitten List: Graduation Speeches, A Mother’s Love, Feisty Artists

  1. Love your smitten list, Steph!
    – I’ll always remember how when you were much younger and living home you’d carry the “Wear Sunscreen . . . ” book around with you, reading it over and over. You’ve always loved it and I love it too!
    – Another reason I enjoy helping you and Chris around your house is because you’re both so appreciative. That makes all the difference!
    – OMG! Go Anna Gensler! I feel like somebody finally responded to the creep who, almost 40 years ago now, called my parents’ home phone asking for me and then proceeded to say inappropriate, vile comments to my unsuspecting 14 year old self. I had been in a fashion show at my high school and a photograph of me modeling a very innocent sporty outfit was printed in our local newspaper with my name in the caption. No internet back then, but Mr. Creep looked up our phone number and felt he had the right to totally disrespect and objectify me. Thanks Anna!


    • -OMG! I can’t believe that story! It’s one of the worst feelings; I can only imagine how it felt at 14. Disgusting.

      -We definitely appreciate all that you do for us! And yes, I love that Sunscreen book; I stole your copy 😉


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