Tuesday, October 5, 2010

No Autographs, Please...

Expressing Motherhood Boston 2010 Cast
This past week I travelled to Boston, Massachusetts...Cambridge, to be exact...with my partner in crime, Kendra, to perform in a stage show called Expressing Motherhood.

It was amazing to say the very least. We met women from all walks of life who had stories about motherhood that they shared not only with our small group of mommies but with about 600 people over the course of the shows 3 day run.

Farrah told us about a not-so-perfect relationship that she had with her own mother and how, after having a child of her own, she now understands what her mom meant when she said "You will understand when you have your own children."

Alison explained how even though her baby was the "moose of the NICU" she was still shaken to the core and no matter how careful you are with your planning, a baby tends to throw all of those plans out the window.

Jody told the story of her own mom and what a beacon of light she was. She explained how blessed she feels to be able to say that she's "becoming" her mother.

Julie shared the story of her difficulty conceiving in a light hearted manner. She made us laugh through our tears with her wit and wisdom about the many methods that she tried and how they were all worth it in the end.

Angela went out on a limb and told us a story of what true faith is.

Robin taught us that the world of teenage girls isn't always pretty and that being a "victim Sherpa" to her "cute young abuser" is something that we can look back on...eventually...and laugh.

Caitlin painted a picture of her little boy who held his breath and her attempt to stay calm while he did.

Sher got straight to the point when she said "Why didn't anyone tell me how hard this would be?!" Through wit and humor she states: "Motherhood is a damn bitch." What mom hasn't thought that before?

Andrea shared her story of love after loss. This was a healing journey for her.

Chris defined motherhood in a way that encompasses every emotion, every thought that I have for my children. "As moms, we find the deepest part of our children's soul and dive right in." Yes, Chris, we do.

Elizabeth weaved a portrait of a sick baby and the ache of a mother's heart. She taught us that fear should never define us.

'Mother' is defined by Webster's Dictionary as:
a : a female parent b (1) : a woman in authority; specifically : the superior of a religious community of women (2) : an old or elderly woman

This seems much too simple of a definition to me...mothers are so much more, don't you agree?


Annie D said...

I think that the definition of mother clearly needs to be rewritten! In fact, I don't think any of those definitions fit me!

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Anonymous said...

Obviously Webster was a man..motherhood is a lifelong journey it comes with no directions, you can't put in your two week notice, and doesn't end when your kids turn 21, 30, 40 or 50. And this is from Mel's mom.

Melanie said...

Well, Mom...you have been my example of what a "mother" should be in it's most perfect form. I got lucky!

DaMomma said...

Gorgeous post, Melanie! It was so much fun getting to know you and such a huge honor to be part of this bunch. I know we'll see each other again!

PhoenixRising said...

Melanie, Expressing Motherhood was so poignant, touching, amazing. I hope to be able to attend one show every year. The show made me feel like a part of something so much larger than myself. It made me feel as a part of woman-kind, of mother-kind.

Melanie said...

Phoenix: That is EXACTLY why it was created and why I chose to perform in it. Society has put so much pressure on mothers to be PERFECT that when we have imperfect moments, we feel like we've failed. MOMMY POWER!

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