Cast Spotlight – Nancy Syburg

by admin on March 26, 2012

Photo credit: Lou Lohman


Our first cast member to find herself in the spotlight is the lovely Nancy Syburg. Her piece is so powerfully touching, we knew immediately that it must be included in this year’s Listen To Your Mother Show in Chicago.

Please tell us about yourself:

I have 2 children aged 25 and 22. They both live on the West Coast in Seattle and LA. I miss them very much but admire their sense of adventure.

Tell us about living in your Chicagoland neighborhood:

I have lived in various neighborhoods in Rogers Park for over 25 years. I love being close to the lake, close to public transportation, close to Evanston without paying property tax there.  It is an adventure every time you step outside in Rogers Park–this might be where my kids get their sense of adventure–they’ve pretty much seen it all right outside the living room window!

What is the one thing that really surprised you about being a parent?

How much I would learn about myself. I really had to reflect on what I valued on an almost daily basis–my children helped me define myself in a way I had not anticipated.

What is the biggest reward you’ve found thus far? 

If I could choose anybody to be with, it would be my kids.  I enjoy their company on so many levels–the life we’ve shared so far and the new things they are doing that expand my world–truly amazing.  When they call me just to talk something through with me, I feel that they are not that far away and that I continue to be a part of their lives.

What wisdom would you pass onto a woman who is entering motherhood for the first time?

ENJOY IT! And welcome the challenges. I think many new parents are so anxious about their children and about making the right choice for them and wanting them to be happy all the time.  I think when we reflect on our lives in middle-age, we recognize that it was the challenges and the failures that we learned the most from–not the awards and accolades. So parents should welcome the challenges that come their way with their children:  you will learn even more than your children as you help them through something and that’s what they are going to remember not the times when everything was going smoothly.


Thank you, Nancy! We cannot wait to hear you live and on stage come May 6th!


Tracey March 26, 2012 at 10:25 am

Nancy, You ROCK. Thanks for all of the lovely answers and I can’t wait to hear your piece again.

Suzanne March 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

Brilliantly stated; insigtful, enlightening. Everything I would expect from you, Nancy. I’m sure your piece will be all of the above and more!

Meghan March 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Wise words from a wise woman AND wonderful mother!

Alisha March 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm

So happy to have met you; glad to get to know you a little more!

Brandie April 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

Love your wisdom! It’s so spot on!

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