Vickie Honeycutt Baccalaureate Speech, 2000

This is a memory …

Vickie Honeycutt was a much-loved teacher at my high school for decades. I had her for English. In spite of her universal popularity, I didn’t like her that much, and I don’t think she liked me either. She probably thought I was annoying.

She died quite young of cancer in 2010.

She gave a speech during the high school graduation exercises for the Class of 2000. The students chose her to give the speech for the Baccalaureate (that’s the ceremony that happens the night before the official graduation).

Here’s some quotes from the speech:

“Envy makes you bitter and vain.”

“If you break your neck, if you’re starving, if your house is on fire, then you’ve got a problem.”

“There’s a difference between a lump in your porridge … and a lump of cancer.”

“Life is lumpy.”

“The world is beautiful.”

“If you don’t have your family, you don’t have very much.”

“Be yourself.”

“Pigs can bark.”

“Dare to dream.”

“Find what you can do and do it.”

“Speak your truth quietly and clearly.”

That’s all I remember.

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