Paul McCartney, Rita, Dr Ruth & She Loves Me Photo

Posted on June 3, 2008
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Loving is good for the soul.  Sir Paul’s spontaneous song reminded me of our need for music, time, laughter, and forgiveness.

In my world of too much to do and not enough time to do it, Commencement was a mini-vacation.  Joining old friends and meeting new ones at Yale’s Ezra Stiles College and walking along the path to old Campus with colleagues from Calhoun College gave all of us a sense of camaraderie and history.

To Paul McCartney: Thank you. When I hurried Dr. Ruth from Calhoun’s side over to our Ezra Stiles’ side of the path — as she experienced the thrill of “holding your hand” we savoured being photographed with you and friends and hearing your spontaneous serenade, “She loves ME, yeah, yeah, yeah.”

The answer is: “Sir Paul was delightful, playful, and sensitive” to all who asked: “Did he seem bitter since the divorce?”

For the graduates: As I watched people whose lives were yet to unfold, I wished for them friendships with those whom they might share their joys and secret saddness. In sharing discreetly to trusted friends — we come to give voice to fears which then often dissipate to make way for happiness.

For my children: I thought of you all and the babies and Abby the Dog, and I wished for you and your friends days and nights filled with playfulness and sensitivity, times to seek and offer forgiveness, and moments to appreciate joy.

Despite my admonition to most blogmasters, “I need to look 10 pounds thinner and 10 years younger” here I am sans “Photoshop” with Dr. Ruth and Sir Paul.   Photo one was taken by Dean Rita Lipson.

FROM EARLIER POST:  Commencement Video is on May 29th with a time stamp so you can hear the music start quietly as the Honorary Doctorate in Music is announced and then the sounds of “Hey Jude” amid the cheers.

Copyright 2008 Rita Watson

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