pomp & circumstance


Well, it’s been a while!

During my unintended hiatus from the blogosphere, some important events have taken place: the month of May has dawned quite gracefully, asparagus and rhubarb season has arrived full force, France got a new president, and I’ve become an alumna of the University of Michigan. Yes, on April 28, I donned the ol’ cap and gown and took my place among the college grads of the world. (Michigan’s Big House alone sent off about 10,000 that day!)

The best part about April 28 was undoubtedly the Residential College ceremony, during which each of us 80-or-so RC seniors took the stage for a full minute to do, say, sing or dance whatever kind of message we wished to share with our families, teachers, and peers. Posted below is the short piece I wrote and read for my 60-second stint:

“Class of 2012:

You are seeing everything for the last time, and everything you see is gilded with goodbyes. The buildings that were the background of your world for the past four years. The barista who made your coffee. The man on the corner who asked you for change; the preacher on the corner who begged you to change. That table in the cafeteria. That bench in the courtyard. That person next to you without whom you could not have survived the limbo between child and adult, or become who you are at this moment. Today is the last day. All the unspoken words if you do not speak them today will never be spoken. All the life within you, if you do not live it today will never be lived.

But it also the first day: of real life, of next steps, of the future you always knew would come. So what’s to be done on this day, the last and the first?

Only be alive in every moment of the day.

Thank you family, thank you friends, thank you Residential College for teaching me how to be alive in every moment.”

Stay tuned, folks. I aim to make up for the recent Diaries drought with some exciting springy recipes over the next couple of weeks!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Alison Watt says:

    Congratulations Claire!

  2. Eve says:

    Congrats lady! Best wishes for your very bright future! 🙂

  3. Eileen Cronk says:

    Congratulations, Claire…well done! And what a great couple of pictures!

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