I applaud The Post's thorough coverage of Mrs. Bush's Wellesley visit {Style, June 2}. But I applaud louder Mrs. Bush's outstanding and exquisite speech. Her message of tolerating diversity, cherishing relationships and realizing your dreams reflected the wisdom, grace and humor of a very poised, dignified and unique "mermaid" -- the image used in her talk. Fortunate indeed were the graduates of Wellesley to have received such a special gift.

SUE SHERRY

Annandale

Liberals and conservatives alike are singing the praises of Barbara Bush for her speech (which of course she did not write) at Wellesley College. I wonder how many speakers at commencement services at predominantly male colleges such as Harvard and Yale admonished the future doctors, lawyers and CEOs to think first of their spouses and children?

BARBARA G. MERTZ

Frederick

I was moved by Barbara Bush's words to the Wellesley College students, but I was also moved by the plight of displaced homemakers {news story, June 1}. If Mrs. Bush's marriage hadn't worked out, she might have been one of the millions of "housewives" who ended up with no husband, no pension and no income.

I agree that at the end of our lives we won't regret missing a test or losing a verdict as much as we'll regret not spending time with loved ones. But I think some of those displaced homemakers may regret not spending more time on themselves and securing their own future.

If Mrs. Bush believes the role of homemaker is critical for the success of our society, maybe she could persuade her husband to create programs that would keep these mothers out of poverty.

LYNN PRICE REINKE

La Plata, Md.