Boulder’s Listen To Your Mother Show is over for 2014. It’s been over for more than a week now and I still can’t seem to get back in the swing of life; my laundry is haunting me, my to-do list is self-propagating, and I haven’t been able to write anything longer than a grocery list.
Here are a couple of my favorite pictures;
This is our second year producing and after the show someone asked me if I had a favorite show between the two. I told them that trying to choose between shows would be like trying to choose a favorite child. It was maybe a little more fun this year because I wasn’t as freaked out as I was last year. And I do think that I remember more because I didn’t have that first five-minute blackout that happened to me last year. And I will be forever grateful to Pam’s baby that he/she decided to hang in for a while longer and not make me do the whole thing by myself. But I think she might be ready now, baby!
The story I shared was about the panic attacks that I started getting when Grayson was a baby. While writing it, I felt like that time of my life was so far away from where I was at. I was surprised when people came up to me after the show and said that they had gone through a similar thing and that hearing my piece made them feel not so alone. And someone even called me brave! For a moment, I thought, did I say something brave? Well, I guess I sorta told all of Boulder that I had a brief period of mental instability, I guess maybe that’s brave? I’m not sure. It’s like I kind of forgot about my own piece in the whole process of trying to help release everyone else’s into the world, that I was actually surprised that my story touched someone.
I could go on and on about the magic of the show. I really could and I probably already have. It’s kind of like summer camp though, you don’t really understand it until you’ve experienced it first hand. So, I encourage you to find your own local show and do that. Experience it. It’s not just about listening or mothers. It’s about sharing those little pieces of humanity, for good or for bad, that get brought into the world because of mothering.
So, thanks to everyone who came to the show and hopefully we will see more of your faces next year all over the country, writing, auditioning, being cast, or sharing those “not so alone” moments in the lobby after a show.