Jammie Kern [LTYM OKC 2014 alumni] is a friendly shrinking violet, a wife and mother of three, and a native Oklahoman. She’s also a burn survivor, and volunteers at burn camp when she can. She is addicted to learning new things and studying her favorite subjects: humanities, the craft of fiction, and anything pertaining to the hero’s journey. In 2012, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. A master’s degree in creative writing or museum studies is on her To-Do list. In the past year, she fell in love with all things Harry Potter: the audio books get her through the daily grind.
Q: How did you learn about LTYM?
A: On Facebook in 2013.
Q: Your reaction to getting cast in the show this year?
A: Bittersweet. I loved being in the cast in 2014, but this year my topic is difficult to talk about. It needs to be talked about.
Q: What are three words that describe you?
A: Creative, Introverted, compassionate
Q: Tell us 2 fun facts about yourself.
A: Fun fact 1: I just started “raising” black soldier fly larvae to feed my chickens. Maggots! Gross! Fascinating! Fun fact 2: I played the trombone for 15 years.
Q: Tell us about your hobbies/interests/things you collect, etc.
A: My favorite obsessions involve transformation of some kind: writing fiction, gardening and composting, and crafting or DIY projects. I’m always chasing the “before” and “after.”
Q: What is one of your favorite things you’ve ever written?
A: One of my favorite things I’ve ever written was my first LTYM story in 2014. My mother saved my life and taught me about forgiveness. Her strength still gives me strength. I hope I’m passing that on to my kids. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9hlJr_KXho8
Q: When did you first know that your family wasn’t quite like other families?
A: When I was around nine years old, in the 80s, I first realized our family was different from other families. I stayed the night with a friend and marveled at her bathroom. It had carpet and indoor plumbing. Her house had electricity! I remember feeling lucky because my home was like the Little House on the Prairie and I was like Laura Ingalls. Today, I’m thankful for that experience and many happy memories with my parents and three siblings, like doing homework by lantern light. It reminds me to keep life simple.
Q: What do you wish most for your children?
What I wish most for the young people in my life is that they quickly find the inner strength to thrive in this world despite adversity, criticism and judgement from people who may not ever understand them. I wish for them to learn that most of the time people are too wrapped up in their own affairs, they aren’t thinking about anyone else as much as it feels like they are. And I wish that if they can devote part of their time to helping others in some way, their resulting fulfillment and happiness will spill into all areas of their beautiful, unique lives.
Don’t miss this year’s Listen To Your Mother OKC show! We’ll be at the OKC Zoo Education Center Auditorium on Sunday, April 30 at 3pm sharing stories of motherhood once again. Tickets are on sale now!