Last Thursday over 500 people joined us at The Riverview Theatre for the second annual Twin Cities Listen to Your Mother show!
Our gorgeous, super-engaged audience was filled with family, friends, and strangers open to something Tracy, Vikki, and I value with every fiber of our being: storytelling. And apparently, singing in rounds thanks to our ridiculously talented emcee Lorna Landvik!
Our amazing audience laughed together, we passed each other tissues, and we looked at each other with the kind of eyes that say, I see you.
Each of our storytellers took the stage like she owned it. And our audience loved her like an old friend.
While each story was as unique as the woman who penned it, they wove together to tell the collective tale of motherhood.
Here’s a taste from each chapter.
I never wanted children.
I don’t want to have my baby in any of these places, in any of the ways that these women I am beginning to know and love have.
I will not see you again.
But there was trouble brewing behind the veneer of our active little family.
When I got to the door fear and shame grabbed my feet and stopped me in my tracks.
Every decision I make either helps them fit in or sets them further apart.
I attack the curious girl with words too shameful to repeat.
What followed was a debacle that included an ambulance, a pot smoking EMT, a family of strangers taking my son putt putt golfing, and a drive to a strange hospital in a strange town, not in an ambulance but in my car, driven by me, with my left foot.
I know the exact time of her birth and the exact time of her death.
Not wanting to let on I was afraid, I handed him a dollar and held my breath.
I recoiled from her touch and said, “You don’t know me!”
The last thing I wanted was the barest hint that I was different from other mothers.
She and others mothered without a manual, and I hope without a worry of whether they were doing it right, without comparison, without guilt, and without regret.
THANK YOU to everyone who auditioned, our readers, our alumni in the audience, Lorna Landvik for weaving the stories together seamlessly and with heart and humor, and the gorgeous Riverview Theatre for hosting our show for the second year in a row.
THANK YOU to national founder Ann Imig for coming to the show, for celebrating your birthday with us, for smiling graciously as 500 people sang Happy Birthday to you, and for trusting us with your baby.
THANK YOU to our national team Stephanie Precourt, Deb Rox, and Melissa Wells, and our LTYM sisters directing and producing shows in 32 cities this year. Knowing we’re all in this together, shoulder to shoulder, across the country is breath taking, beautiful, and inspiring.
THANK YOU to our national sponsors Chevrolet and BlogHer for supporting giving motherhood a stage and to our local sponsors without whom we truly wouldn’t be able to host a show in The Cities. Dr. Jennifer Orthodontics, Glimpses of Soul Photography, Hwa Rang Do Academy, Mary’s Marketplace, Minnesota Lice Lady, Poppy Togs & Clogs, Rider Academy, TWVS, and Your Lucky Day — we so are so very grateful to (and smitten with) each and every one of you.
AND THANK YOU Twin Cities for being the kind of place that gives motherhood a microphone. We’ll be back with more photos, a final donation amount to the Jeremiah Program, and our readers’ stories live on YouTube later this summer!