5/19/2014

Get On With Your Knitting

"When I was leaving my office for the last time, I grabbed a book off my shelf, Robert Frost Speaking on Campus. In closing, I’m going to leave you with some wisdom from the Colby College commencement speech the great poet gave in 1956. He described life after graduating as piece of knitting to go on with. What he meant is that life is always unfinished business, like the bits of knitting women used to carry around with them, to be picked up in different intervals. And for those of you who have never knitted, think of it as akin to your Tumblr: something you can pick up from time to time. My mother was a great knitter and she made some really magnificent things. But she also made a few itchy and frankly hideous sweaters for me. She left some things unfinished. So today you gorgeous, brilliant people, get on with your knitting." —Jill Abramson 
I don't envy Jill Abramson for having to deliver a commencement speech just days after she was fired from the New York Times. And I suspect it would have been better written had the timing been different. But I did love the last sentence.

1 comment:

  1. What a great quote - I love how knitting can so often be a metaphor for life :-)

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