I fancy myself a storyteller. Whether it’s my story or Colt’s story or Tom’s story or stories of other people I love and admire, I genuinely love capturing the memories and emotions and nuances that make up a great story.
So it wasn’t hard to fall in love with Listen to Your Mother. LTYM is pure, simple, genuine storytelling. Women (and men!) getting together across the country to celebrate the wackiness that is motherhood. The Northwest Arkansas show was something truly special, and I cannot believe I was part of such a group of people. These 14 other folks – there to share a 5-minute slice of themselves. On stage. For the audience to experience and participate in.
But while those stories were being played out, 5 minutes at a time for the world to hear, there was another experience happening behind the curtain. What was truly special about the LTYM experience – to me – was that the stories being told ONstage made it possible for sharing and laughing and crying and supporting and bonding to happen BACKstage. And that was incredible.
Going into all this, I knew a handful of my fellow cast members, but most were strangers. And now, anything but strangers, the 15 of us have this LTYM experience in common. By telling our stories together, we in turn became part of each other’s story. And I just love that.
After the show I kept hearing, “oh, I could never do that! No way I could stand up there and not fall apart.” But I’m making it my mission to
convince inspire five people to audition for the show next year. And it doesn’t have to be this one! They’re everywhere! Do you hear that, friends within spitting distance of Austin? Chicago? San Francisco? Minneapolis? Your story is worth writing — and it’s worth sharing.
It’s been a week, but I’m still on Cloud 9. What an experience. And what an honor.
Note: The show was recorded and I’m told it will be shared on LTYM’s YouTube channel at some point. I’ll let you know. And Miss Meredith Mashburn chased us around with a camera all night so there are some fabulous photos coming, too.