Remember when the dad in A Christmas Story when he won his leg lamp, and yelled out in joy, “It’s a major award!”
That’s pretty much how I felt when I found out I was in the cast of Listen to Your Mother.
My blogging friends understand how exciting this is since they know about theListen to Your Mother Show, but my non blogging friends, who have never heard of the show, don’t really know what to think.
When I tell them about being in the show, they are excited because I’m excited. But then there is a shifty, unsure look in their eye since they are not sure what it is all about.
I try to explain that it is a show about motherhood, but then, still confused, I am usually asked questions along these lines:
Will you be performing a monologue? (No, I’ll be reading my piece).
Is it like the Vagina Monologue? (Hmm, I’m not sure about that one).
What will you be reading? (An essay that I wrote about motherhood).
Since it is still hard to imagine a show where people read stories about motherhood, here is a clip in which Ann Imig, the creator of Listen to Your Mother, talks about the show:
What I love most about this show is that it gives people a platform to tell their story. The show gives motherhood a voice that is often not heard. Motherhood can be an isolating experience, given all the polarizing topics. One often forgets that there are common threads that bind us together, regardless if we are mothers, remembering our mothers, or hope to be mothers.
There is real power in sharing your truth.
Walls are broken.
Connections are made.
I found comfort in the stories that the other cast mates had written because suddenly, I was not alone in some of my feelings surrounding motherhood. I experienced the “me, too” phenomenon that Ann talks about in the video.
I hope that if you attend a Listen to Your Mother Show that you feel the incredibly validating “me, too” feeling.
Here is the ticket information for the Metro Detroit show.
However, if you are not local, here is a list of cities that do have a Listen to YourMother show.
I hope to see you there!