Last Saturday, the day before Mother’s Day, LTYM STL took the stage for the second year in a row at St. Luke’s, and we gave it our all. We shared our stories about our moms, ourselves, our children, our fears, our dreams, our childhoods, our future, and yes, even our grannie panties. What can I say? We let it all hang out. Through our words we connected with the audience, who laughed out loud and wiped tears with the tissues we provided (just in case).
This year we received an unprecedented number of submissions, and we auditioned 40 men and women. In the end, we put together a cast of 15 speakers who represented the intricate tapestry of motherhood. Some of them pee-in-your pants funny. Some of them heartbreaking. All of them brave.
Our stories, which resonated with others in the audience, were about:
A single mom’s hilarious adventure in the sperm bank.
A sister’s tragic death that left a legacy of motherhood.
A teen mom who gave up her baby for adoption only to receive the surprise of her life 21 years later.
A mom’s honest, inspiring experience about raising a transgender son that has changed lives.
A mom who traveled to Uganda and faced a corrupt orphanage and was forced to return home without one of her sons.
Another mom who put the missing puzzle pieces together after discovering her biological mom committed suicide.
A priceless account of how children don’t fall far from the tree when it comes to saying the most outrageous things.
A journey of infertility and natural childbirth that melts the heart.
A foster mom who adopted two lonely children and gave them a family to call their own.
A mom shares the humorous advantages of having children after age 40.
A hysterical confession about how one woman would never turn out to be like her own mom. (never say never).
A special Mother’s Day gift to always remember.
A premie whose broken leg saved her life.
A daughter who talks to dead people and makes us smile from ear to ear.
A mother’s love in a laundromat.
And, my own version of why a mom’s best friend is a dog.
THANK YOU to everyone who auditioned, to all of our readers, and to our alumni in the audience. Special thanks to our sponsors, St. Luke’s, The Whoohoos, Bronx-Diba, Vetta Sports, West Newsmagazine, Sound Mind Café, Senior Insurance Concepts, Camp Manitowa, St Louis Parenting Reserouces, The Nest Stay and Play Creative Café, Karen McKay, Infertility and Adoption Support Inc., Vintage Vinyl, Girls Dreaming Big, Legacy Physical Therapy, D24 Printing, Just Like Mom’s Bakery. Another shout out to our photographers Snapping Sistas, our videographer Pirate Pictures, and our special musical guest Mo Egeston.
Finally, thank you St. Louis for coming together to celebrate with us. LTYM is the new tradition on Mother’s Day weekend in the Lou–all because of your support, enthusiasm, and talent. It’s an honor and a privilege to see our community come together to support a great cause Girls In The Know and celebrate these wonderful ME TOO moments.
We’ll be back soon with more photos, videos, and updates as they roll in. And don’t worry if you missed the show, because video from all 32 shows will be released on our LTYMShow YouTube channel this summer!!
In celebration of all things motherhood,
Ellie, Laura & Naomi (Co-Producer/Directors, LTYM STL)by