Erin Duffy exudes a quiet strength and possesses a dry sense of humor, qualities which are on display in her piece. She knows endurance well but is still able to reflect and ask tough questions about parenting her youngest daughter. Meet Erin!
Erin Duffy lives in Raleigh with her husband Dennis and three daughters Maggie (13), Embree (9) and Beatrice (4). Erin grew up in Oklahoma and her parents, Chauncey and Joanna, and her younger brother, Chan, and his wife, Julie, still live there. They are expecting their first child in two weeks! Her identical twin sister, Leslie, lives with her husband, Ed, and their two boys, Samuel and Greer, in Rockville, Maryland.
Erin works as both a full-time mom and a part-time attorney, making her the third attorney in the cast.
Erin’s hobbies include enjoy reading and writing. She loves to cook, noting “food is a big way that I show affection for people.” She and her husband love to see movies together and love live music. Erin is another of our runners and while she has run two half-marathons, she admits she would rather read a book or eat than exercise! Erin also spends a lot of time with her daughters and finds being a mother, “very frustrating, challenging, and humbling but also magical, rewarding, and beautiful.”
Erin joins this year’s cast of Listen to Your Mother after attending and loving last year’s show:
I’m thrilled to be a part of Listen to Your Mother! I believe that sharing our stories is a powerful way to connect with one another and realize how much we have in common. We all have our struggles, but they are easier to get through if we can talk about them, through laughter and tears!
Erin’s list of writers she loves is long and includes Doris Kearns Goodwin, Candice Millard, Marilynne Robinson, Wallace Stegner, Richard Russo, Dave Eggers, Kent Haruf, Ann Patchett, Richard Ford, Amitav Ghosh, George Eliot, Louisa Alcott, L.M. Montgomery, Glennon Doyle Melton, Wendell Berry, Jane Austen, Charles Frazier, David McCullough, Vikram Seth, Reynolds Price, Mary Doria Russell, Barbara Kingsolver, Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Jonathan Franzen, and Mary Karr.
Erin was published in the WRAL “Moms Who Run” series in 2013.
Erin’s piece touches on every feeling and moment of self-doubt we have had as mothers, especially during extremely tough times, and she offers a moment of grace. Hear it for yourself on May 6 or May 8.