On May 4, 15 amazing women will gather on stage at the third annual Listen to Your Mother Chicago event to share their stories of motherhood.
The two hours at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, promises the audience a lot of laughter and maybe even a few tears. But most of all, it is a gathering of women that will entertain you while doing good. Ten percent of ticket proceeds will be donated to Recovery On Water, a Chicago charity that focuses on the physical and emotional care of women in recovery from breast cancer treatment.
We reached out to the show’s co-producers Melisa Wells and Tracey Becker to helped pose one question to the participants (who, by the way, include three Chicago Parent Blogger Network bloggers).
What was the one time you should have listened to your mother?
My mother followed the creed, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all,” so I should have listened when after I asked what she thought of my boyfriend, she told me, “Well… he’s very handsome, isn’t he?”
My mother used to say “your skin remembers.” There are a few dark spots and wrinkles that remind me baby oil was a poor choice of sunscreen. If only I had listened to my mother!
I think for me, there is no one time that comes to mind but what does is the general concept she tried to teach me about being a little wiser when handling and saving money.
My mom encouraged me to “take a break” between high school and college, to explore and figure out my interests; that wasn’t what ‘normal’ people did so I didn’t, but looking back, I think she had the right idea.
The time my mom told me it wasn’t a good idea to give my 3-year-old chocolate before a three-hour car ride home. Two hours later I was cleaning it off every surface in the back seat.
Kari Wagner Hoban
While I honed a pseudo-intellectual/pseudo-cynical controlled facade, my mother saw only the whimsical, soft-hearted, day-dreamer she raised: You would be the BEST kindergarten teacher. Decades later, I’m finally on that path.
That time when she suggested that orangey, Sun In hair might not be the best look for me? Yeah, Mom, 8th grade Keely would like to apologize.
She begged and pleaded with me to leave behind the Jnco jeans — the ones that had leg holes bigger than my waist — on the shelf of the grungy store where they belonged during the peak of my adolescent crying out.
Also when she tried to warn me about 85 percent of my boyfriends.
And when she told me that the world was bigger than high school.
She was right about all of them. And I have the pictures to prove it!
I should have listened when my mother told me that nothing good ever happens after midnight… not that I got into any trouble, mind you, but I imagine that other teenagers did. Now if only I could get my newborn to take this good advice to heart from day one. Hear that baby? Nothing going after midnight, you might as well just sleep until 7a.m.!
I should have listened to my mother when she told me to wear sunscreen during spring break of my senior year, because if I had done that I would have avoided returning to school blistered and swollen from sun poisoning. (Only made that mistake ONCE!)
If there was a time I should have listened to my mother and didn’t I would not admit it in a publication that she might someday read.
Kim Z. Dale
I should have listened to my mom when she insisted that she understood what I was going through as a teenager; I believe her now when she insists that she understands what I am going through as a mother myself.