Listen to Your Mother Show Returns May 7-8
I’ve often wished I had a primer on motherhood. Don't get me wrong - I did the required reading. The problem is that there are so many situations and feelings that those books don’t cover and frankly, they make motherhood seem like one of those hazy, chintzy Hallmark cards: everything is beautiful and magical.
But it isn't. Just like any state of being, there are hard moments. Absurd moments. Moments in which you have absolutely no idea what to do. Moments that make you laugh so hard you think you are going to wet your pants. Motherhood is complicated.
Marty Long and I have the privilege of producing Listen to Your Mother show in Raleigh for the third year. Listen to Your Mother is the brain child of blogger Ann Imig and started with one performance in Madison, Wisconsin, in 2010 and has now become a nation-wide movement creating a new way to celebrate Mother's Day by giving a voice to motherhood – Motherhood a microphone. This year, the show expanded to 39 cities and includes a book "Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now." LTYM serves as a bridge that connects local writers with our local community and with the world.
This yea,r the Raleigh-Durham show has 13 local writers from across the Triangle – from Chapel Hill to Tarboro. Their stories include maternal guilt, dealing with a sick child, the pain of watching your children mature and begin the process of walking away from you, learning from your child, the role reversal of taking care of your aging mother, loving and accepting the child you have, the unexpected death of a child and so much more.
It may be the closest to a motherhood primer we can get.
Listen to Your Mother runs May 7 and May 8, 7:30 p.m., at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of William Peace University in Raleigh. A portion of ticket sales will go to this year’s local cause partner Book Harvest, and we will be collecting new and gently-used children’s books both show days. Buy your tickets now!
KeAnne Hoeg is co-producer of Listen to Your Mother: Raleigh-Durham. In her spare time, she works at NC State University, binge-watches Netflix with her husband and attempts to parent her 5-year-old son who is convinced he knows more than she does.