Congratulations, Tabitha, you won the two tickets to the show this weekend! :::
Birthed 3 children (out of 5!) (My husband got me medals for it, literally. Remind me to tell you the story sometime.)
Breast-fed for 38 months. (One of my favorite parts of mothering, actually.)
Learned to like tomatoes and cucumbers. (Veggie platters and salsas of the world, I’m coming for you!)
Lived overseas, which greatly influenced–among many other things–the above item. (Baku friends, you know what I mean.)
Kept up with blogging even after angsty seasons of “Why am I writing online anyway?” (I’m so grateful I have this written account to show my kids someday.)
Taught myself to sew, freezer-stencil, and how to write a decent amount of HTML code to build my own site (the one you’re looking at is from scratch!)
Made an entire Thanksgiving meal on my own. (Well, except for the gravy. These hands just can’t produce edible gravy, friends.)
Built friendships even though moving all the time makes it hard (but reaching out has always proved worth it).
Auditioned and made the cast for a live show! (#barfyexcited!)
Looking over this list makes me feel silly for all the times I’ve wallowed temporarily in feelings of inadequacy. I’m proud of the ways, both small and large, that I’ve grown as a woman; proud that I am still the girl most of my friends back in my California hometown remember but different in aspects that have proved important to how my life has unfolded and developed.
Perspective: It makes a big difference! Something I really love about Listen To Your Mother is the avenue it provides for men and women to share their unique perspective on the role of mothers. I believe in the power of stories: In what everyone’s stories can teach us about empathy, each other, and how we can love one another better. I am thrilled to be able to share a sliver of my own perspective on motherhood this Saturday evening, April 26th, from the stage of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium in Baltimore, alongside a cast of incredibly talented and passionate women.
If you’re in the Baltimore area this weekend, I’d be tickled to see your face in the audience, and just to make it a tiny bit easier for you to make that happen, our producers are giving away two freeeeeee tickets here on my blog! Want to enter? Leave a comment! (You’d make my day if you shared something you’ve grown in during the past 5 years!) (You can even gift the tickets to friends or family in the area if you win!)
**Giveaway closes on Wednesday at midnight! Please make sure you include an e-mail address where I can reach you in the comment entry information (it won’t show after you’ve posted the comment).