One of the interesting side effects of blogging about motherhood and all its myriad successes and setbacks is that through this medium of online sharing, I’ve found my voice. I’ve discovered new parts of myself that couldn’t have existed before becoming a mom. I’ve shared my stories and I’ve found a community of mothers whose stories need to be told.
I first learned of Listen To Your Mother in 2011 and I was disappointed that there wasn’t a show near me. It seemed like such a cool experience. It was a chance for the written word to become spoken and take on a new life.
A year later, after she read a piece at BlogHer ’12, Jana and I kicked around the idea of trying to bring the show to Atlanta. The application seemed daunting and overwhelming and life got in the way as it often does. The deadline passed and that was that. Listen To Your Mother would not be stopping here.
At Type A, I listened as other women (and one dad) got up on stage and read their words to an audience. And then it was time for me to read mine. People laughed. I laughed. I shared a part of myself on that stage (a most private part of myself) and there was something about that experience that confirmed for me that Listen To Your Mother had to happen in Atlanta.
Through our shared experiences of writing online and giving life to those words on stage, we knew we couldn’t let another year pass without at least trying to bring this show here. Last week we learned that we’ve got quite a busy six months ahead of us because next May, Jana and I will be giving some mothers a stage from which to tell their stories.
Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta is happening.
What is LTYM?
LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day.
Born of the creative work of mothers who publish on-line, each production is directed, produced, and performed by local communities, for local communities.
I am humbled and overjoyed to be co-producing/directing this show with Jana. Truly. I keep wondering if this is my real life. Having watched only a fraction of the videos out there from previous shows, I know what a powerful and important production this is. Because of that, I’m also a little nervous, but I know that Jana and I have the same heart for this and together, and with the help of others who have a heart for this, too, LTYM: Atlanta is going to be amazing.
Next Mother’s Day, we’re giving motherhood a microphone here in Atlanta, y’all. How awesome is that?