Alison Rascher heads a multi-generational household which includes 3 boys, a father-in-law, a husband and a dog (who’s also sorta a boy now). As the wife of a college baseball coach, she’s happy to say she finally understands the drop third strike rule and aspires to have a dugout phone in her kitchen, if that means she can reach her husband more easily. Alison likes to write reflections on motherhood, intergenerational exploits, and the world of boys at Ears Like an Elephant
Want to hear more? Here is a little Q&A:
LTYM: How did you discover LTYM?
Alison: An old college friend, and fellow coach’s wife was in the LTYM St. Louis cast a few years ago and encouraged me to give it a try – or two!
LTYM: What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your children?
Alison: I told my kids I was a Jedi for years and had a pink light saber but I had to give it up when I met their father, because Jedi can’t marry.
LTYM: What is the craziest thing you remember your mom saying to you?
Alison: Watching Friday Night Videos years and years ago, Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark came on and my mom stood up, started dancing and said, “I love his hip action!”
LTYM: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
Alison: I used to keep a daily journal in high school, assigned by my most favorite English teacher. It was the first 10 minutes of each class and he would collect them and write back, if a response seemed necessary. As I had him as a teacher for 3 years, that journal chronicled my mother’s illness, my feelings and a lot of validation that a teenager needs. It’s a huge treasure.
LTYM: When did you first start thinking about your mother as an individual person and not just “mom”?
Alison: I think after I became a mother in my 30s and began juggling the roles of woman, wife, and mother, I started I thinking about how my mom did it herself.
LTYM: What do you wish most for your children?
Alison: I want them to believe in themselves and their ability to overcome any obstacle. To dig deep and find inner strength and resolve but also to get rid of the overwhelming worry that I’ve struggled with and embrace each day as a gift.
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