I didn’t think I had a story to tell. I had been (quietly) writing and blogging for so long, I didn’t realize that maybe there was a story that needed to be set free. For myself, yes. But perhaps for someone else who needed to hear it. And so when a friend encouraged me to submit a piece for the inaugural Listen to Your Mother Show in Sacramento, I tentatively said that I would.
In the beginning, I honestly didn’t think anything would come of it. I’m not a performer. I’ve never really been a big sharer of my writing. But I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something that I was supposed to say. So I wrote. After some soul-searching, long talks with friends and a really long car ride home one day, I realized what I had to say about motherhood and how I became a mom.
Every mom is different. Motherhood is beautiful and complex and wonderful and hard. Each mother has their own story of how they became a mom. How motherhood has changed them. There are stories of our own moms and the impact they’ve had on our lives. We’ve all experienced the heartaches and triumphs. There are stories of hilarity and absurdities that we all can relate to. There are the memories and making future plans that blow us away.
The amazing part of Listen to Your Mother is that it gives a platform (and a microphone) to tell those stories. It’s a celebration of motherhood based on the different experiences and views of all of us who have moms, are moms or will be moms. As it turns out, there’s a lot of power (and healing) in sharing a piece of yourself with others. It was an experience that I will NEVER forget and one that I will always be grateful for.
The Listen to Your Mother, Sacramento 2014 submissions are now open. If you have a story or personal essay on motherhood (or one that you are just itching to write!) I really hope that you will consider submitting it. I absolutely cannot wait for this year’s show and the stories of motherhood that will touch us all.