I’ve always envied those families who begin each December with a fresh Advent calendar.
There’s something magical about knowing that behind every tiny door, a lovely treasure waits just for you.
We never had an Advent calendar when I was a child and I’ve toyed with the idea of introducing one to our family, but somehow, adopting new holiday traditions as an adult feels too much like trying on someone else’s shoes. Though they may be pretty, they simply feel strange.
But, last month, sitting in my inbox was a treasure not unlike a treat behind a Advent calendar door.
Our first Listen to Your Mother, Sacramento submission sat there, just waiting to be opened.
Since then, I have had the joy of opening door after door and seeing the beautiful presents hidden within.
Stories of motherhood.
Stories of joy… of heartache… of hope.
Treasures behind every door.
To each of the amazing writers who have submitted a piece for consideration in the LTYM, Sacramento show, I am so incredibly grateful.
Thank you for sharing your words.
Thank you for being brave and vulnerable and for trusting in the Listen to Your Mother process.
I’ve read each piece through no fewer than three times.
I’ve cried and laughed and carried your words with me.
Margaret and I have texted, gChatted and emailed each other daily with joy and excitement.
We’ll meet this weekend to spread your treasures before us as we plan for auditions.
And we will be eternally grateful.