Past Events

Eat, Write, Talk: An Alumnae Workshop
September 16 – 18, 2011
The Maplewood Hotel, Saugatuck, Michigan

Based on a popular January term workshop for Smith juniors and seniors, this weekend retreat offered alumnae an opportunity to take some time to reflect on the narratives of their lives: anticipated paths, unexpected turns, successes and failures. In the workshop, Dean of the College Maureen A. Mahoney and Dean of Religious Life Jennifer L. Walters guided alumnae participants through a series of conversations based on brief writing exercises. Through reflection and conversation, the goal of the workshop was to help participants consider and reconsider the stories that dominate their lives, and explore different strategies for reflection and communication.

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Alumnae Narratives

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What I thought was an end
Turned out to be a middle.
When my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I thought he would die.
He has not; however our lives have changed.

When my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer, I thought he would die.
He has not, however our lives have changed.

When my dad was diagnosed with bladder cancer, I thought he would die.
He has not, however our lives have changed.

He sleeps a lot, gained back his weight.
He is depressed and we live from doctor appointment to doctor appointment.
He has a nurse and a caregiver and is stubborn about living.

We have become creative, done the family housekeeping, explored continuing care and deal with each others’ ups and downs.
We find new anchors and ways to relate in the middle.

I just want to love, reach out to him and listen.
I just want to let things happen naturally, not push, and respond as life happens.
I just want to arrive home, to myself, — in the middle.

I just felt like I needed to mourn my dad’s passing
I just felt what it was like before it happened
I just want to be strong, to prepare myself for what’s bound to come.

What I thought was an end turned out to be a middle
And it takes my breath away.