OriginalRoomie's mom is in town for the week. She did manage to get the dome of our bathroom light unscrewed so now we can Let There Be Light, so I'm forgiving her some of her annoying-ness, for now.
I should have been working on my Neil Gaiman writeup or something, but instead I read fic and stuff. I did at least do some grocery shopping after evening church. And I feedbacked most of the fic I read, so I get productivity points of some kind. Kita said, "you give some of the best feedback around, seriously. It's like a lovely and unexpected present." *twirls*
I sometimes plug fics into del.icio.us to get ideas for how to write up my own recs (this is almost never helpful) and then sometimes I'll click on other people's tags and oh... del.icio.us can be so awesome, but other people make me so sad. My tagging system
is rather *cough* organized.
I've been recalling various unfinished fics of mine and wanting to go back to them, but giving all the other things I'm not working on I suspect these won't even make the list. Which is sort of sad.
Oh, and mjules, I'm still loving your fanmixes :)
Over Coffee Hour, Jill asked me who Smith's Commencement speaker was this year. Neither of us had looked it up. She asked who the speaker was my year, and I totally blanked on the name but sort of stumbled over talking about the themes -- how when she graduated there was pressure to Have It All but now that that's more the norm she thinks the question should be whether you can have at all but whether you want it all, and how she told a story about a waitress in Manhattan who loves her job. Jill was very glad to hear this 'cause she definitely sees women being looked down on for "giving up" a career to raise their children, said when she was in college they were told to "hire good help" because of course they wouldn't take care of. She said her graduation speaker was Betty Friedan.
Of course when I got home I looked up the Commencement speaker both for my year (Shelly Lazarus, class of 1968
) and this year.
Award-winning playwright Margaret Edson, a Smith College alumna who teaches kindergarten in the Atlanta public school system, was the speaker at Smith College’s 130th commencement ceremony Sunday, May 18. Following her address, Edson, along with Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, and Beate Sirota Gordon, women’s rights advocate, received honorary degrees.
From Edson's speech
Classroom teaching withholds nothing. I say to my young students every year, “I know how to add two numbers, but I’m not going to tell you.” And they laugh and shout, “No!” That’s so absurd, so unthinkable. What do I have that I would not give to you?
Near the end, she says:
If you can point to something, you might lose it, or you might break it, or someone might take it from you. As long as you store it inside yourself, it’s not going anywhere -- or it’s going everywhere with you.
Part of me thinks, "What about relationships? You can't exactly point to those, but oh how fragile they can be." But I know what she's getting at and can roll with that.