Cast Spotlight: Veldorah Rice

by stephaniejankowski on March 31, 2016

A unique story shared by a seasoned storyteller, you’re sure to be intrigued by today’s cast spotlight’s performance. Veldorah takes Momming to a whole new level, and we know 3 kids who are grateful for that!

 

Veldorah J. Rice is the owner of Write from the Heart, an online literature and composition program for homeschoolers in middle and high school.  She also freelances as a writer and college adjunct, and runs a blog, Hexagonal Peg. In her free time, Veldorah volunteers with New Horizons for Children, an international orphan hosting program serving Eastern Europe.  She is a single mother of three children—one homegrown, and two grafted in as teenagers after she hosted them.  She is a native of Indiana, PA.

 

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  • Who IS Veldorah?

I am like a big bowl of Rocky Road ice cream.  The pieces of who I am don’t always seem like they would go together, but somehow they make up an eclectically delicious life.   I’m a nerd supreme, and there’s a version of myself that my son calls my “super-smartie mode.”   I dance in my kitchen and tend towards the dark side of humor.  And truth be told, sometimes I have a bit of a salty side as well.  There’s always some new adventure brewing—working on a commercial, traveling abroad, testing another entrepreneurial idea.  I think that’s the best thing about life:  no matter what is happening in the moment, it’s going to change.  I always enjoy tasting what the next bite brings.

 

  • How did you discover LTYM?

Three years ago, my cousin was in the DC cast, and then two years ago, my friend was in the Chicago cast.  It kept popping up in my Facebook newsfeed and I often wondered if I was capable of sharing one of my own stories.  I always “got out of it” because there was no Pittsburgh show—but all that changed with the inaugural show last year, and I knew I would always regret it if I didn’t at least give it a try.  I’m glad I did!

 

  • What is the craziest thing you remember saying to your children?

I have a very active boy, so there are a lot of daily things like “don’t jump off of that” or “please don’t let the dog lick your tongue.” And with my teens, I’m always doing things like pointing out Motherhood Maternity mannequins and reminding them to make good choices.  But I think the craziest thing I’ve ever said was when my then 17 and 10 year old kicked off on vacation–in the middle of Manhattan–and I was done.  I just looked at the two of them, sat down on a bench, and snarked, “Hey, guess what?? I’m the only one who knows where to go.  I’m not moving until the two of you figure this out…and I have a phone with wifi and you don’t.  So I can wait a very, very, very long time quite happily.  Good luck.”  Parenting at its best.

 

 

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  • What is one of your favorite things that you’ve ever written?

This question is a little bit like asking me to pick between my children!  But I think that one of my favorite recent pieces is about my actual children—my two teens who met for the first time recently, and how we found out how we all belonged to the same tribe: http://www.hexagonalpeg.com/2016/02/worlds-collide-siblings-unite/

 

  • When did you first realize that your children considered you “out of touch”?

I have had my suspicions for a while, as my teens both point out my fashion faux-pas on the regular. But it wasn’t until recently that I realized I had fully crossed over.  My 11-year-old is a gamer and listening to his excited patter when I don’t understand the games can be a challenge for us both.  One day, I saw a bit of news on the internet, and I excitedly told him, so proud of using all the right lingo.  He looked at me with a withering glance and said, “Mom.  That was on YouTube MONTHS ago.”  Game, set, match, old lady.

 

Get your tickets HERE to experience Veldorah and the rest of our fantastic cast on May 6th!

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