Going to college.
Giving birth to the Boy.
Giving birth to the Girl.
Producing Listen To Your Mother: Pittsburgh.
These are the Five Most Meaningful Events of my life.
Nearly a year ago I submitted an application to bring the Listen To Your Mother show to Pittsburgh. I was thrilled beyond words (other than the “Holy Shit!!” I excitedly repeated) while I read the email to say I had been selected by the incomparable Ann Imig to produce LTYM: Pittsburgh. After running around the house trumpeting the news, I immediately called my friends, Stephanie Jankowski and Amanda Mushro, asking them to be part of the production team. They said “Yes!!” and the Terrific Trio was born.
In so many ways, working on LTYM: Pittsburgh was like growing a baby. A baby comprised of fourteen fabulous, talented women. A baby that would bring 350 people to tears–of joy and laughter–while leaving them with stories that would linger in their thoughts for months to come. A baby that I’m thrilled to get to share with the world far and wide through video, right here for you.
Stephanie, Amanda and I spent a lot of time putting together what we felt was a perfect show–the order of the stories taking the audience on a ride through the ups and downs, rough patches and triumphs, the hurt and humor that is all things motherhood. If you have the time (ninety minutes), I very highly suggest you watch all of the videos in order so that you can fully enjoy the Listen To Your Mother: Pittsburgh experience just as our audience did.
I very proudly present the 2015 Listen To Your Mother: Pittsburgh cast and show!! (Click links to show videos in titles under each name.)
Natalie Capone Gillespie
My Declaration of Independence: Natalie’s look at the growing independence of her son … and herself.
Now I Get It: Tina Tuminella wasn’t much of a baby person. She waited until her 40s to have kids and NOW understands babies and what a big deal it is to be a mom.
Email to Nowhere: In an attempt to help her deal with the raging emotional swings of PPD, Danielle wrote an email to nowhere listing things that were upsetting her. Looking back at it a year later with clearer vision, she’s amused by the kinds of things that pissed her off.
Unplanned Parenthood: After planning the birth of her second child to the last detail, Erika found out there is no amount of planning that prepares you for the experience of parenting each of your children—and the often unexpected issues that arise for both baby and mother.
Let There Be Bitches: Stephanie shares lessons with her feisty-from-birth daughter about being true to herself—even if that means being labeled a “bitch.” (Blog: When Crazy Meets Exhaustion)
Mother Hen: Jennifer captures the quintessential mothering instinct experience as told through the life of a chicken. Her story will linger with you, I promise you that. (Blog: You Are Here Stories)
I Am a Mother: In a take-you-to-the-Church-of-Mom piece, Gina looks at her own life in an attempt to find her purpose and sees her greatest achievement reflected in the son she’s raised.
Lunch with Mom: Ilene reminisces about a time her mother nearly ruined her cool status with a surprise visit for lunch at her elementary school—and wishes she had known to cherish it. (Blog: These Marmalade Skies)
Mothering in the Mirror: Tamara exposes her vulnerable past as she shares her emotional journey worrying whether she would pass the same troubles to her daughter as an extension of herself.
Jennifer Hicks–that’s ME!!
’Twas the Night Before College: I rewrote the well-known Christmas poem to tell the story of what I imagine will happen in two short years when the Boy is getting ready to head to college. (Blog: Real Life Parenting)
Dawn Patton Mangine
Mother of the Year: Dawn recalls the day her daughter called the police because she was “being a mean mom” as one of the funny examples of times she’s felt like the “mother of the year.” (Blog: Red Pen Mama)
Planned Parenthood: Kristen shares the story of the conception of her daughter in a way that will make you laugh every time you hear the word “spelunking.” *Producer’s note: You should pee before watching this video if you tend to sprinkle when you giggle because this is a full-on, belly-laugh, snort-to-breathe story. (Blog: You Can Always Make a Little)
Did you have a favorite? A piece that really resonated with you? Tell me about it!! I’d love to hear from you!