I'm tired of hearing about “The Mommy Wars.” I'm tired of this battle between women that perpetuated on a regular basis by the media (cough cough TIME cough cough) to gain page views and sell magazines. I'm not going to participate, because I think it's garbage.
Also, there's no such thing.
I am incredibly blessed to be a part of several communities of women that prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that women can be and are compassionate, loving, supportive human beings, even to each other. I am a part of a fabulous group of women bloggers who are local to me; the support and lifting up I've experienced within that group gives me chills. More recently, the #iwillrockthis group, talking each other up, giving support to each other as we all work towards our healthier selves. In short, women are awesome!
Last night, I got to witness yet another amazing community; the cast of Listen to Your Mother, San Francisco.
The show's concept is simple enough; their tagline is “Giving Mother's Day a Microphone” A cast of 12 women (OK, in our case it was 11 women and 1 guy) read pieces they're written about… gasp!… motherhood. The good parts, the bad parts, the funny parts, the sad parts. I haven't sent my son off to college, lost my mother, dealt with a broken bone, gotten whuppings from my mom's friends, breastfed or had lesbian grandmas, but still, there's a common thread in every story, that speaks directly to my heart, as both a person, and definitely as a mom.
It didn't matter if you were an AP Mama, a corporate badass mom, a stay-at-home-mommy or an empty nester… we were all just mothers, sharing words, tears and laughter. For that hour and a half, it was magic.
I am lucky enough to count three of the performers among my friends; Nichole, Sherri and Melissa are members of my local blogging group, and incredible women, though each in their very own ways. My heart is bursting with pride for them, and I am honored to have been in the audience last night to support them (and take pictures, of course! :))