Tuesday, November 03, 2015

And then, this happened

I've had this post waiting, patiently, for me to get the word that I could post it. I got word while I was in the candy aisle at the grocery store and even though I knew it was coming? Knocked me over. So if you saw that crying mess in the store, wandering aimlessly and randomly adding items to her cart, that was me. Now, on with it.

Over the past few years, I've written a lot about Listen To Your Mother. Starting with the post about the butterflies I felt when I first auditioned, the one where I write about making the cast, the self doubt and how it was erased when I sat for the first read-through, and then after thinking it over, I wrote about how much it meant for me to be inspired by all of the people in my cast.

And then it was show day. And my life changed forever.

The cast of the 2013 Listen To Your Mother show.
Our performances were taped, and I shared mine through a post. And then I somewhat patiently waited for the next year to come so I could be there for the 2014 cast.

And then I put up a post about kids and parenting and LTYM and all the things with one of the 2014 cast members. And then I posted about the show, the 2014 cast and their stories and how incredibly moving it was to be in the audience, bearing witness.

We're a Listen To Your Mother family; 2013 & 2015.

Then 2015 rolled around and I was told I could audition again. Audition to be a part of this thing that had grown within me and around me to be a part of me and so much more. So I submitted my piece. And then I went to my audition, which—surprise!—was also my husband's LTYM audition. And then I found out that I didn't make the show... but he did. And while he never considered himself to be much of a writer, he blogged about it. And then it was showtime for him. And it was incredible. And then, when the videos from his show came out, I wrote about it again.

OKC's LTYM 2016 production team—Carolyn and me, after
performing in OKC's LTYM 2013.
I first heard of Listen To Your Mother through Facebook, from friends who took part in it as the movement was growing. I've experienced it from a distance and from close up; as a cast member, a supporter and a family member in the audience. Seems fitting that I'll experience the next show as one of the people responsible for it.

I'm so thrilled to be partnering with my LTYM 2013 cast mate Carolyn Bechtold on the 2016 show, so thankful to have the fantastic producers who provided care and feeding for the show for the past three years. So thankful to have built a supportive network of former cast members, people who have also made LTYM a part of their lives.

There are 41 shows in this year's Listen To Your Mother roster, the announcement was posted this morning. I'm so happy to be a part of this movement again. I seriously have no more words, so I'll just leave you with this:

Can't wait to start this adventure! I sure hope you'll join me.


  1. Oh, I love it! Can't wait to see when it will be coming to the Milwaukee area! Mari, you are such an inspiration to so many women (and men) out there. I have heard you speak (maybe this isn't verbatim) that you are just making it up as you go - that's is what I call blazing trails for other women to find themselves, see good in others and process the not so good-and let go. We shouldn't own it. You've proven yourself an amazing woman and I am so proud! xoxo Juli

    1. Thank you, sister! I love you!

  2. Oh that's awesome!

    1. Thanks, Britt! Now, you need to check this out and audition!

  3. I'm so excited for you! And I kinda wish I could have been a little Swedish Fish in the candy aisle so I could watch you receive that call.

    1. Oh it was such a shock! A fantastic, welcome, incredible happy shock! :)