The Final Curtain Call

Several years ago, I auditioned for Listen to Your Mother, and had NO idea what I was doing. I wrote about my sister, and nothing about motherhood, or the tie in with it. Maybe I just needed to have someone to listen to my words at the moment, but I didn’t make the cast. This year changed all of that, and I shared the stage with one man and 13 other women to give motherhood a microphone. It was epic. 

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Balee ImagesWe spent most of the earlier part of this year doing rehearsals, and getting to know our castmates a bit better. The things that these ladies and one gentlemen spoke of had  me laughing, and tearing up, and nodding in agreement. I heard about child sicknesses and the thoughts of possibly losing your child, mom guilt, relationships with grandfathers/sons/moms/and children. I listened to stories about letting go of fear, and even told one about finding the pride of your maternal ancestors to move through tough situations. 

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It was empowering being on that stage. Spotlight illuminating only me. Reading words that I wrote. To people. Other than my husband. I’m learning to value my words. If I don’t, who will? 

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I do love the fact that I picked such an opposite color to wear on the stage. Surrounded in black. Talking about the pride of being black. The pride of coming from a long line of black, hat wearing, women. I spoke of church, and slavery, and more church. Lots of things that I shy away from on the blog because I fear that too many people will search for the fault in the words, instead of the inspiration behind them. The reason that they needed to be written, and shared. 

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I’ll let Melisa explain the pony on the podium. It’s a good story. 

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I’m proud to have been in this last cast for Listen to Your Mother. I’m honored to have participated in something on stage. I’m pretty proud of ME. I’m also proud of all of these people who shared their stories about motherhood. Whether they ARE mothers, or they’ve been inspired by mothers. 

Listen To Your Mother Chicago

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Listen To Your Mother Chicago

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Several of the Listen to Your Mother alumni came to join us for photos before the show. It was nice to be on stage with folks that had been there from the very beginning. 

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If you ever have a chance to share words that you’ve written, do it. Even if it’s only once. Do it. 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah Parisi
    May 26, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Great job! I’d never have the guts to do something like that.
    I wish I could have made it to the show to see it!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      May 26, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Thank you friend! I think you have quite enough with book writing and whatnot!

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    Liz
    May 27, 2017 at 7:51 am

    I love your words. I adore your spirit. Your face brings me joy. You were made to be in the spotlight, and I’m so glad you had this moment, but you have this presence about you that makes people smile and that, my friend, is a gift. Thank you for making me smile…on purpose…a lot 🙂
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    Ann
    May 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you for giving us another chance and for sharing your story and hilarious powerful self with LTYM. That hat-you looked divine. ❤️

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      Natasha Nicholes
      May 30, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Thank you for creating a movement that honors motherhood. In all of it’s beautiful grittiness.

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    LaQuisha
    May 29, 2017 at 9:09 am

    This is amazing! You are so talented, queen!
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    Marcie W.
    May 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    What an amazing opportunity for you to share your inner thoughts and make them heard. Empowering for sure! I would love to see a video of your performance.
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    Audrey McClelland
    May 30, 2017 at 6:40 am

    That is so amazing! Congratulations on getting out there and just doing it! You looked beautiful and so confident up there!
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    Becky
    May 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    It’s great that you are able to get on that stage and do it. I have stage fright and have a really hard time talking to big groups of people. I’m still working on that. I am really happy for your and would love to gain that kind of confidence.
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    Scott
    May 30, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    I”m with the rest of the commenters – I’d never have the nerve to pull this off. My youngest daughter, however, wants to be on the stage all the time!
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    lisa
    May 31, 2017 at 11:16 am

    WOW, Congrats to you for getting out there and letting others hear your powerful words. My oldest daughter loves the stage but me, no way, I’m a chicken that’s for sure! You look beautiful also!

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    Tiffany Haywood
    July 13, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Hey there fellow LTYM2017 Alum!! I had no idea this was your first. I am so happy you auditioned and made it. I love the glimpse of your story about those hat wearing churching going women. I had a good number of those in my family and if it weren’t for them – I’d be a truly different woman and mother I’m sure. I can relate to the sense of support, encouragement and even family that came from being a part of LTYM. It’s something you only get when you’ve been there but once you have – it’s unquestionable.
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