Heather Davis is a LTYM alumni and former director/producer of LTYM OKC.
Initially, I thought I’d drive from Bartlesville, OK to Austin, TX, a trip that would take me approximately thirteen hours one way, in order to try out for the second year of Listen To Your Mother Shows. This one would be produced by Wendi Aarons. And man! I do love me some Wendi! Eventually, the fact that I had to work and care for my family won out and I didn’t submit a story that year. I was kinda heartbroken because I really liked what I knew of the show, and I loved Wendi. I felt like my chance to meet cool people was over and done because stupid Texas had to be soo big.
Little did I know … the next year, I auditioned for the Northwest Arkansas Show where I met the always-cool Lela Davidson along with an amazing cast of “Mothers.” While I was completely taken in by so many of them, I became attached at the hip to one of them in particular, Misti Pryor.
The next year, Misti and I, along with Julie Bohannon, produced the Oklahoma City show. Y’all? I was a cool kid, along with the likes of Wendi Aarons!
It was so much more than just producing a show (and being cool). It was a matter of finding a tribe. When my kiddo went to Frontier City during a prediction of severe weather, she had Misti and Julie’s phone numbers “just in case.” Praying that she’d never need them, I didn’t fret because I knew they’d take care of her just as one of their own.
I text with Shannon Hahn (LTYM-NWA 2012) often, solving the world’s problems with sarcasm and snark.
I wrote about a red-headed esthetician in my book “A Weekend With Effie” who was based, not even loosely, on Suzanne Kelley (LTYM-OKC 2013).
My kiddo just interviewed one of my dearest advocates, Sabine Brown (LTYM-OKC 2014), about her fight to make the world a better place.
Jennifer McMurrain (LTYM-OKC 2013) is one of my critique partners. Alyssa Foresman (LTYM-OKC 2015) and I text each other no less than twenty-dozen times a day. Stacy Lindsly (LTYM-OKC 2014) and I taught together, laughed together, learned together and eventually shared the stage together. Stephanie Clinton (LTYM-OKC 2014) stepped in on Oklahoma Women Bloggers for me when I had to step away because of my mom’s stroke. Carolyn Bechtold (LTYM-OKC 2013) never forgets my kiddos when she speaks with me—and for some odd reason, she loves them!
And, my editor, my friend, my lovely love, Mari Farthing (LTYM-OKC 2013) has shared so many moments with me and my family that I feel like I should invite her to family holidays.
My world was completely full of cool kids, all thanks to Listen To Your Mother. When it was time to step away from the show, knowing that Mari and Carolyn would be the ones taking the reins, took away the sting, but it could not take away the connections, the relationships, the love that has been developed with some of the coolest people I know.
This year, I’ll be in the audience, listening to some of the coolest people I’ve yet to meet. And maybe, if I’m lucky, Wendi Aarons will make the twelve hour drive and sit next to me.
I hope I see you on the stage. I can’t wait to hear your story!
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