August 13, 2011

Things I May Have Forgotten To Tell You

Things I May Have Forgotten To Tell You starts at the 1:01 mark 

Behind the scenes of Listen To Your Mother with Megan Summers...

Megan-LTYM-2Megan Summers is an advertising copywriter by trade and has thus mastered the art of writing everything
at an eighth grade level. When she moved to Texas in the late 70’s with her then boyfriend and now husband and boyfriend of nearly 30 years, she found work in a very small advertising agency and thus began her not-so-storied career.

After the birth of her first child, her plans to be a stay-at-home mom lasted only seven months. Much to her surprise and feelings of guilt, Megan did not feel fulfilled. This time she went to work part time writing for an agency whose clients were rich Texans who bred and showed purebred cattle.

After the birth of her third and final native Texan, Megan and family moved back to the Midwest where she and her husband grew up and still had some family. Here, she continued her part time copywriting career. In 2005, Megan decided she was bored with agency life and decided to become a freelance copywriter. At the same time her youngest was leaving home, Megan became a stay-at-home mom.

Growing up with little parental guidance herself, Megan has found motherhood exciting, scary, fun, demanding and often mind-boggling. She loves when her children Alane (28), Evan (25) and Iris (21) are home at the same time. It’s always a laugh fest and an opportunity for her to prepare their favorite comfort food – frozen pizza.

Thoughts from Megan: "Like so many things I’ve done in life, I came upon LTYM without a clue as to what I was doing. I do not blog (though I’m considering it) and did not read blogs. However my oldest daughter is an avid reader and saw the audition notice on Adventures in Babywearing. She sent me the link and, without a second thought, I emailed Stephanie. I liked Stephanie immediately and was amazed that all of these writers – women and men – connected through the blogsosphere. Frankly I still am amazed and even more so to learn there are big national conferences specifically designed for women bloggers. Plus, all of the technology that I knew nothing about really made me feel old – like in OMG I’m OLD!

However, after I was selected to perform and had the opportunity to meet the other cast members, I found a type of energy that I hadn’t experienced in years. Collectively, they made me laugh, cry, question and want more. They also made me glad that I was no longer in the trenches of parenting:)

I can’t describe what the whole live LTYM event was like. For some reason I wasn’t nervous. More than anything, I felt proud to be in the company of the other readers, because they were soooo good. And, I was proud to look into the audience and see Alane, Evan and Iris – kids who have grown into competent, capable and secure adults."

A little background from Steph: "Megan was such a pleasant surprise for me on audition day. I had never met her before and admit that when I saw a Megan Summers emailed me to audition that I was picturing a, cough, young, "newish" mom. She has a young name, alright! And I would soon learn an even younger heart.

I know she felt out of her element with most of us "youngsters" at first but I was and am still so comforted by Megan's presence in our show and as my now friend. Her piece made me view the time I will take my own kids off to college as less scary and more life. She made me laugh and cry and want to do and be better for my family, while at the same time laughing at herself and the crazy things in motherhood."

Every Sunday I'm 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.


  1. I'm really loving this series, Stephanie. As a woman-becoming-a-mother, I find it educational, entertaining, and heart-filling. Thanks for putting all of this together:-).

  2. Wow, do I love and admire this woman! I'm so glad she had the opportunity to speak her heart to an audience. I've only ever read her thoughts. This was so special for us all. Thanks for making it happen, Stephanie!


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