Her baby is now building 3-D maps of the United States for school, playing trombone, and giving her attitude. Can you believe that? My baby is now studying fractions and making balloon animals for her little sister. I can't believe that. Where did the time go?
What better way to hit the pause button than seeing this show: Motherhood Out Loud together?
Short scenes written by 14 prize-winning playwrights touch on themes like birth, adoption, surrogacy, the playground, step-parenting, raising teenagers, empty nest, parenting parents. Each one is a moment in time captured so honestly, as if a parent sitting next to you were to drop her defenses and tell you how she really feels. And no matter how different her situation may be, you feel bonded anyway. Laughter and tears ensue.
After the show, Zulma and I headed out to dinner, where we squinted at the menu, talked about old times, and hatched new plans for the future. Ways to stay close to our kids as they grow, yes. Ways to keep life fun and interesting for ourselves. "It's like the piece in the show, about the kid moving off to college," Zulma said. And she didn't need to say more. Kids change, they grow up and out. The mother's group, the community of friends, our own role as mother, is something that if we're lucky, lasts forever.
Shoutout to Robin Gorman Newman, an associate producer of the show, for inviting us to previews, and for being so kind as to feature me on her site Motherhood Later earlier this year.