With friends like these…

by , posted on March 27th, 2014 in Write on Edge

Tickets for Listen to Your Mother The OC went on sale a week or so ago.

I went through my email list and did something I never do: I sent out a mass email. Only it wasn’t random. Not even close.

I chose moms I admire. Moms with whom I have shared stories, gotten advice and commiserated.

Softball moms. Soccer moms. Baseball moms. School moms. Old friends moms.

Co-directing/producing Listen to Your Mother The OC is truly a labor of love. There is nothing more sacred then someone trusting you with their story. And in turn, they can feel not so alone.

Community. That is what mothers do. We form communities. Whether it’s to carpool, babysit, someone to have a glass of wine or a latte or a hard run with, confess our worst parenting nightmares, our concerns about our kids’ behavior or issues at school, to help through a crumbling marriage, cancer, pregnancy, cheer on our successes and those of our children – everything that comes along with being a mother, we know we are part of a larger group. A group who understands. Who’s been there, either literally or physically. Or just to hold a hand.

When my first child was an infant, I remember sitting in the glider rocker in his room nursing him in those silent hours before dawn, and knowing that all over the world, there were women doing the exact same thing.

Even when we are alone, we are never truly alone.

So I sent that email, and I felt a little guilty about asking my friends to buy tickets to come see the show. Almost apologetic. And then came the return emails and texts and personal conversations.

At 4 p.m. April 27th at Ebell Club in Santa Ana, 14 cast members will take the stage to share their own stories. In the audience will be many of my friends. My community, joining with the larger community that is Listen to Your Mother.

I am humbled by their support. Beyond thankful.  And thrilled because I know they will be inspired and moved and amazed by what they will hear.

Maybe, they’ll also realize they are not alone.

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9 Responses to “With friends like these…”

  1. julie gardner Says:

    March 27th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Hugging you, virtually.

    Thanking you.

    julie gardner recently posted..Double Dare


    Cheryl Reply:

    I probably should’ve mentioned that some of my dear friends are going to be on stage, too.



  2. Kristi Says:

    March 27th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    :). With friends like you and all the OC moms, I’m even less alone.



    Cheryl Reply:

    As amazing as the LTYM community is, that motherhood one is even better!


  3. Jo Ashline Says:

    March 27th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    So so amazingly grateful for this incredible experience. I too am sending out emails and hoping for a good turnout, but the truth is, I would be honored to read it for an audience of one, as long as I had the entire LYTM cast and producers behind me.

    PS. I know there will be more than one audience member, but you know, I was trying to make a point.



    Cheryl Reply:

    Everyone wants to be heard. And you will be heard, my friend. xo


  4. Jo Ashline Says:

    March 27th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Dude. I meant the LTYM cast. I’m back in college and my limited brain cells are on overdrive. Is that a good enough excuse?
    Jo Ashline recently posted..I’m Not Scared of Autism. I’m Scared that YOU Are.


  5. Audrey Rosenberg Says:

    March 28th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    What an amazing daughter I have! So proud she has organized and is a part of this important event.

    Cheryl’s Mom


  6. Ann Says:

    April 1st, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Beautifully said. Thank you for all of your hard work to bring LTYM to The OC, Cheryl!!


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