Affirmations of our Accomplishments
Here's my most recent response:
"Naomi, I am a ’94 Ada and as such, I contribute personal news to another Ada Comstock Smith sister. However, I wanted to thank you and congratulate you on the message you wrote last May. You nailed it when you cautioned your reader not to put too much emphasis on stories read in the Quarterly. Not every Smithie will achieve great fame, earn a suitable or far better income, or achieve the magnificent dreams that took her on her Smith “experience.”
I used to feel terrible for a few days after reading into a piece [in the Quarterly] that I was not what I should be, that I hadn’t made significant strides in helping mankind, wasn’t earning large sums of money, or changing the world in any tangible way. It really did help to hear another Smithie place those self-doubts and concerns into their proper place.
From now on, when I pick up the Quarterly to read yet another super-success story (and rightfully so), I will think of you and the wisdom you generously shared with me, a Smithie who might yet change the world.
Thank you,Jean (DJ Clower) Sherwin