Life Lessons for Graduates

It sure doesn't feel like summer around the Butterfly base as the cool temps and constant rain are clear reminders of a chilly April day. I will tell you though, the lack of availability from our high school babysitters forces us to realize that prom season and graduation are upon us. I am tempted to bust out my Gunny Sack prom dress for a bit of nostalgia but I am too immersed in trying to find a sitter for this Saturday night.

If you have a child graduating right now, congratulations to you. Know that you have helped to shape the adults that they have become by proving to them that they too can be strong and independent. As mothers we model this everyday. And, although Terry and I have kids that are still young we hope that we've already displayed these attributes in launching

 Katie Couric spoke at a recent graduation and her advice for the graduating class of Princeton University, "a generation that come of age during 9/11", was a bit more poetic than mine.Katie Couric 

In Katie's words, "I have a message particularly for all you young women here today...or as Beyonce might say, all the single ladies. John Lennon, once wrote "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. I'm sure you are all graduating with big career goals. You may also have a dream of being married and having a family, and at some point the career may take a backseat. There is no more challenging, rewarding or important job than being a mom. I just want to say this--sometimes dreams of domestic bliss are interrupted by reality. People get divorced. People die. You need to protect yourself. I was very happily married to a wonderful man. He was diagnosed with colon cancer and nine months later, he was gone. I was a single mom with two very young children. This was not part of the plan. Luckily, I had a career and therefore the financial independence to support my children. Many women in my situation are not nearly as fortunate. And while I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, I want you all to be prepared for the unexpected and approach some of the big life decisions you'll be making with your eyes wide open. Finally, take some chances. Get out of your comfort zone, even if that's extremely uncomfortable. Mark Twain once wrote, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do." When I left the safe confines of NBC News, a friend wrote me a note that said, "Boats are always safe in the harbor. But that's not what boats are built for." So sail away, even if the waters are choppy and the territory'll be amazed at what you learn about the world and about yourself...and through it all, cherish the handful of people you can always depend on to throw you a life preserver when you need it the most. And don't forget to wear sunscreen. To the Class of 2009...congratulations, safe travels...and good luck. I can't wait to feature you in the future on the CBS Evening News. Thank you."

What we love about Katie's speech is that it doesn't just apply to college graduates, in fact, we can all heed these words of wisdom. Butterfly is synonomous with the word empowerment and Katie Couric has most definitely spread her wings.

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One last thing, if you missed the Bruce Beck Father's Day video, watch it. Bruce, NBC Sports Commentator, reveals what husbands think of us moms who juggle it all?

Bradi Nathan



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