As you’re preparing your true motherhood story for any one of the FORTY-ONE cities hosting a LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER show (Chicago submission period begins on Monday, January 18!), I thought it would be a good idea to repurpose this post I wrote in 2014, because this is so important…
Even though we always make sure to say that LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER is open to everyone who is a mom or has had a mom (that pretty much covers everybody!), one of the misconceptions of the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER movement is that you have to be a mom in order to be in a show.
No, no, no, no.
Not at all!
In fact, we LOVE to hear stories from non-moms! Examples, just to name a few, are stories:
~ By women who are non-moms by choice (Why did you make that decision? Tell us stories about how people react to you, or how you feel now: regrets or no? What do you love/what drives you crazy about your mom friends?)
~ By women who aren’t moms yet, for whatever reason (What kind of mom do you hope to be? Do you have fears about conceiving or mothering? Are you struggling with infertility?)
~ (Though technically not non-moms…!) By women who put their kids up for adoption (How did you make that decision? How does that decision affect your life now?)
~ By men (Tell us about your mom. Tell us about how your wife mothers the kids. We love the male perspective!)
These are just a few examples, and we know there are millions–yes, millions!!–of stories like these out there. Truth be told, these kinds of stories add invaluable richness and diversity to the LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER playlist, and those of us who are producing and directing hunger for them because of their different perspectives.
If you’d like to see some examples of stories that are NOT about mothering one’s own children, check out Adam from Northwest Indiana’s 2011 show, Jocelyn from Chicago’s 2013 show, Saya from Chicago’s 2014 show, David from Chicago’s 2015 show, Jennifer from Pittsburgh’s 2015 show (it’s about a hen!), and Jamie from SW Michigan’s 2015 show. There are lots more, but I am too lazy to look for them at the moment, to be honest.
So, if you can contribute a non-mom perspective, grab a pen and get writing! We’re waiting for you.by