It’s been a long day, but certainly a fun one!
Oprah was awesome!!
We arrived on campus in time to see some of the graduates march in. I just love Pomp and Circumstance!
Check out what seat number I ended up on top of!!
Filing in –
My company –
Thank goodness for the binoculars!!
Here’s my live photo of Oprah!! It was AMAZING to see her in person. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in human letters and delivered the commencement address. It was awesome to hear her voice – I actually felt like she was an old friend because I recognized her voice from many hours of Oprah Winfrey Show watching growing up. My mom just loves her, and I am truly an “Oprah child” (as in, she was on almost daily when I was little). Mom and I thought her speech was good – casual in an Oprah way and connecting her show to life’s lessons. Here were the parts I found most inspiring:
“You are responsible for the energy you bring into a room”
“If you can see the possibility of change, you will be a great success”
“If you can go through life with just a portion of Nelson Mandela’s humility, you will be a great success.”
“You never know what kindness you offer to someone today may live with them forever.”
“You haven’t completed the circle of success until you have helped someone else move to higher ground”
“Listen to your gut. It is always right.”
I took a video, but honestly, this one is so much better (and a lot less work for me 🙂 ) Oprah inspires at Duke Commencement.
There are lots of photos online too.
Exiting the stadium –
We did have a few graduates in the crowd, including Becca, Kath and Leslie, and our family friend David a.k.a. “Duvas the Chuba”! David graduated Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in the top 20 of his class and with highest honors in Philosophy. I am honored to know him!! We just happened to bump into his father and uncle in the crowd and caught up with him after the ceremony.
Then we were on our way to Duke Gardens for our Mother’s Day Picnic!
We had a fabulous spread of cheese, fruit, wine, salad and of course, bread, Mom’s favorite food!! (Well maybe second to wedding cake)
We had the BEST cheeses to go with it. A heavenly gorgonzola, a local camembert, an English cheddar and a fruited spread
A few salads from Weaver Street salad bar (on my request: tofu and some veggies)
And a delicious Viognier
My plate. I tried to put everything on at once for photography purposes. Boy it looks full!
A bit more cheese on a cuc
Seconds. I had a few more small bites of cheese. It was a fabulous picnic!!
The desserts ( on a dinner plate)
I had a small taste of each ( on a salad plate)
We were joined by Loveduck cousins!!
Dad got mom some lovely earrings!
We came home, I gathered my stuff and set out on a 2.5 hour drive back to Charlotte. Matt, who had a great time at his bachelor party but only got 4 hours of sleep, was in charge of a Mother’s Day dinner for his mother and the mother of the bears (me!)
WHAT A GUY!! He did a great job –
The menu was Sunburst Trout over Grilled Vegetable Salads with wine –
Grilled radicchio made the salad –
The fish –
I was a little wined out from lunch, but I couldn’t resist a bit more in this beautiful setting. Check out the framed mom!!
Veggies + Salad (I helped with the presentation and salad dressing 😉 )
The salads were great
Mommy Swammy –
A splash more
Thanks, Kanz, for the great dinner!! XOXO
I cannot wait to have the next 4 days to relax and recoup and eat simply before we head to New Orleans for the next festivity
I’m zonked – off to bed!