Tonight, I had the chance to attend the closing night of Expressing Motherhood, the national play now in its fifth year which showcases Moms telling their own stories with no acting, writing, or speaking experience necessary. Producers Lindsey Kavet and Jessica Cribbs seek to bring authentic stories of parenthood to the stage, and they succeed. I was blown away.
During tonight’s show, performer Joya Weinroth spoke about how being a human filter in her work as a TV news producer has changed her. And she mentioned having witnessed a Giraffe giving birth, and how simple and imperfect it was, and why that made her want to air it on the news. And I was so moved by what she had to say that I came home and googled it.
Joya’s message was beautiful. We’re all doing the best we can. When a Giraffe is born, it just falls right out, right on its head. It’s quite a fall, even for a six foot newborn Giraffe, but it’s the best that Mama can do, and if you brave the semi-graphic video, you’ll see, it’s more than good enough. As human parents, we don’t give ourselves credit for doing the best we can.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure I just butchered that. Did I make any sense? Joya definitely told it a lot better, so if you can get your hands on a DVD of Expressing Motherhood, you should probably go ahead and do so. In the meantime, Giraffe Birth. Depending on your office, it might not be safe for work.