June 12, 2011

The Sacrifices Moms Make

The Sacrifices Moms Make starts at the 4:40 mark

Behind the scenes of Listen To Your Mother with June Saavedra...

LTYM-JuneJune Saavedra is the mother of three joyful children - Wolfgang, 6, and Tulip and Luna who just turned 4 and 2.  June is also extremely grateful and appreciative to be married to Gabino, the most awesome stay-at-home dad ever who, in addition to performing his responsibilities as CEO and janitor at Wolfgang, Tulip & Luna LLC, cooks her a delicious dinner every night.

June was born in the Chicago suburbs. Hightailing it to the big city as soon as she was able, she spent her formative years enjoying urban adventure and searching for the perfect Sunday brunch. Her exploits have included being a magician's assistant, modeling, and performance art.  When motherhood beckoned, she chose to relocate to NWI for bigger lawns and quieter evenings. She is currently a middle school teacher.

Thoughts from June: "When I heard about this show I thought I would write a piece and audition.  But, I kept it all a secret from everyone I know, including my husband, until just a few days before the audition.  I decided that the audition (oh, and the writing process including sharing my writing) would be just for me.

It was something I wanted to do for myself, just for the experience of doing it.  I wouldn't tell him what my piece was about.  I just told him that I would be heading out Saturday morning for my audition.  Once cast in the show, I was deliriously psyched.  Mostly about my writing.  To be honest, I figured I could speak well enough in front of an audience, but getting my "piece" cast was a huge accomplishment for me.

I was a bit nervous about opening the show, though,  and being responsible for setting a tone, but then I knew that Stephanie had pieced together the show in such an appropriate way that there was a very good reason for our order so that gave me the confidence to pop up there onto the stage and offer the audience the first piece of the evening.  I was elated during the whole show, that this cool, fun, and meaningful thing was happening, nationally too, and I was part of it.  I am very glad to have been a part of this."

A little background from Steph:  "June was actually my first audition and I knew her piece The Sacrifices Moms Make was going to open my show. She was the ultimate start to the day of auditions. Honestly, it got me GOING! I was soaring. June is not even a blogger!* I know her from a local natural parenting group. She is a middle school teacher and her husband is a stay at home dad. 1.) I had no idea she was this funny and 2.) had no idea she could write like that PS she doesn't even have a blog*. Those first roars of laughter I heard from the audience during her piece the night of the show will stay with me forever."

*edited to add: June is now a blogger! Follow along at Secret Life of Moms.

Every Sunday I'll be featuring a "behind the scenes" of each Listen To Your Mother Valparaiso/NW Indiana piece. You can watch the entire show on the Listen To Your Mother Show YouTube channel here or see each piece listed and linked here and here.

Listen To Your Mother photos by Beth Fletcher Photography


  1. This is fantastic Steph!

    Mind if I reproduce on the main site?

  2. I'll never be able to think of jungle bells the same again.

    June,you did a fabulous job opening the show (and you need a blog)!

  3. I got so caught up in watching this that I just burned the pancakes ;) heehee!
    I am going to have to sing Jingle Farts to my kids now. it is stuck in my head ;)

  4. I loved this piece...well, I loved them all...it is so fun to listen to them again!

  5. golly gosh, i'm so glad i was able to see it live and i love that you are sharing it on here!

  6. This is beautiful!!

    Her story made me cry. :) A GOOD cry. :)

  7. Oh Steph - thanks for the mention of my blog. You are the best ;)


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