This speech tells the story of when I was four years old, grocery shopping with my mom. I wanted a pack of Watermelon Bubbalicious Bubblegum, but my mother said no. So, I swiped it from the store. I made it just outside the door when my mother noticed a lump underneath my pink turtleneck. She marched me inside to return the gum and to apologize for what I had done. It was in that moment that I learned the first of many life lessons. If it doesn’t belong to you and you didn’t pay for it, it’s not your to take. Thanks Mom!
Why did you choose this topic?
I chose this story because when I think of truth, I immediately think of the that day in the grocery store. It’s one of my first memories from childhood and the moment I learned what it is to be truthful and honest.
Why do women in the community need to hear it?
Because it shows how even a small, faint memory can make a great lesson and a great speech. Profound moments come from where we least expect them, and they aren’t profound until we’ve had time to reflect on them. Don’t count out the small stuff today because tomorrow it could be profound.
WHMP celebrates Women’s History Month in a series of women speaking their truth, produced by WHMP News Director Denise Vozella, who leads a speaking club for women in Northampton, as part of the Speaker Sisterhood. The Speaker Sisterhood provides a community to women who want to discover, awaken, and create their voice through the art of public speaking.