July 30, 2011

Mama's Home Now

Mama's Home Now starts at the :59 mark 

Behind the scenes of Listen To Your Mother with Sharon Angelina...

Sharon-BWSharon Angelina is or has been a solo pianist, art model, business owner, natural birth educator, and personal assistant... but her true vocation in life is proud mama to three teen boys, Gabriel, Jorge, and Sam, and one teeny girl, Autumn. After no less than seven moves in fifteen years, she currently finds herself happily settled in downtown Chesterton, Indiana, with her husband Matt. But life has been a rollercoaster during those fifteen years, during which she was divorced, remarried, divorced again, and unjustly lost custody of her two oldest sons. Her current drive is to help people, especially mothers, educate themselves on better physical and spiritual health, and protect themselves from the pitfalls of a system that isn't entirely trustworthy. For more information about that system, please visit Speak Outloud's Why do so many women lose custody battles?

Thoughts from Sharon: "When I heard about LTYM, my first thought was to dig up some of my humorous writing from the annals of parenthood, almost 20 years worth! (Gabe turns 20 next month!) Because even through all the stress and grief my children and I have found so much to laugh about... But I decided this show deserved a brand new piece, and when I began writing, it was our custody tragedy that poured out. I never thought I could share that experience---both devastating and humiliating---with anyone, let alone a theater of 300 people. I cant express enough appreciation for receiving such a welcoming and supportive venue to do that. It has opened up a dialog and an opportunity for so many other women to heal or be helped. Thank you, Stephanie, for letting me tell my story, youre an angel!"

A little background from Steph: "I had never met Sharon before but she heard about the show thru the local online natural parenting group we are in together. I had no idea about her story until she auditioned and it wrecked me. Now this was a story that needed to be told.

Since her piece was more lengthy than I had planned for, I decided that if she belonged in the show (and I just felt like she had to be in our cast), I'd be willing to bring on one less person to make up for the time. I am so happy with that decision! Also I must note that, at the end of her piece, when she exits, that is her son who helps her off stage and gives her a hug. Yeah. Oh my."


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.




5 comments:

  1. BAWLING. I can't even speak. I'm so glad you included her story in LTYM. {[hugs all around}}

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  2. cried! i cannot even imagine. i have a cousin who lost custody of her son...i don't know a lot of details, but i know her son's father's family has a lot of money. so sad :(

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  3. Sharon's story touched me probably more than anyone else's. I am so glad you included her and I cannot imagine what she went through. Thanks again for bringing all these amazing women together Steph!

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  4. Oh wow, I have no words. I really don't. That is truly a story that needed to be told and my heart just breaks for her. What a strong woman.

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  5. This leaves me in tears. No momma should go through this.
    What a strong lady she is. Glad she is home now.

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