Monday, July 18, 2016

LTYM 2016

My love affair with Listen To Your Mother goes back a few years. I've written about it several times, from first hearing about the movement, realizing my online friends were involved, becoming a cast member, supporting a new cast, being surprised to learn my husband was a cast member to being one of the director/producers of the show. I'm not going to link to them all—you can find them if you click the "LTYM" up in my header. But wait until you read this one, then do that.

You'll see; it's been a wild ride.

Through these years I've learned so much, my connection to the world has opened up in ways unanticipated. See, that's the thing about Listen To Your Mother—no matter who we are, how different we are, our gender, color, race, heritage or zip code—we all have stories.

We all have stories and that is what connects us. It's the thread that delicately ties one of us to another. It's the thing that, when we feel broken, we can pluck at it a little; when we feel elated, we can tug on it; when we feel alone, we can reach for it, follow it and find the community on the other end.

I believe wholly in the power of Listen To Your Mother. After working on the inside, I feel a responsibility to the stories shared by the OKC cast. We had funny stories, sad stories, stories that broke your heart and gave you hope, stories that gave you insight into what the future may bring, stories to warm your heart in the remembering of what came before. I saw shy voices rise in triumph, I saw a roomful of strangers embrace as family.

I'm still amazed I was allowed to be such a part of this.

Do you want to see what I'm talking about? You can visit the LTYM Show YouTube channel for all of the 500 stories that were shared this year. There are playlists for each city, and you can find all the OKC videos here, but I encourage you to check them all out. And of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't share my own.

We raised money for an amazing local cause (Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children) by raising our voices. I urge you to be involved in Listen To Your Mother wherever you are—as a sponsor, a cast member, an audience member. It's a life-changing thing for all involved, in the best way possible.

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