Out of the Mouths of Babes: Giving Motherhood a Voice
The Event. The Blog Series. And You.
The world is a better place for having its stories told.
Out of the Mouths of Babes is dedicated to giving motherhood a voice.
Out of the Mouths of Babes is a live event and a blog series fueled by the creative work of women who mother, who run businesses, who wrangle tots, teens and this tenuous time in history. We are breaking out of the old stories that have held women to certain roles, carving a new reality into the expectation riddled world that likes to see us a nice, fine, and sane.
In a world where the bar on FINE is constantly being raised, the messy and chaotic reality of women’s lives inside motherhood roils on, sudsy, grimy and unmatched in challenge and beauty. Here at Laundry Line Divine, I value women’s creative fire as necessity, not luxury. There is absolutely no need for any woman to apologize here for taking up space, for sharing her reality by joining this discussion.
To lift the domestic into the poetic is quietly radical.
At Laundry Line Divine, I tend the domestic with an ear for the poetic.
Out of the Mouths of Babes is one of the results of listening to my own yearning and to the women I hang with, the women I teach.
I discovered I have something to say about the longing that was masked by the chaos of motherhood. I have found wild grace inhabiting real life. There are other women who work in this way and I am devoted to unmasking this work in the world.
Out of the Mouths of Babes is a forum for other creative women to write and create from inside motherhood. This new genre of women’s writing finds itself in-between memoir, personal narrative and poetry. It is a little of each of these literary styles, but speaks with a bare truth that steps out of shame and FINE in the same way a worn pair of jeans slips to the floor, heavy with use, limp with wear, stained with the way we were supposed to behave, and revealing an utter raw beauty that deserves a place on our bookshelves.
Many women I speak with do not think of themselves as creative, even though we are, as a human species, wired to create.
Why is a woman’s creativity so important to the world?
To her children?
To her community?
To her family?
To her self?
- Because a woman’s creativity feeds her soul.
- A woman’s creativity re-members her to the Divine, to the holy which dwells within her.
- A woman’s creativity expresses her true nature.
- Fully engaged women raise fully engaged children.
- Women who value their own creativity are advocates for others, for children and the planet.
They are citizens of the world operating from the power centers of their kitchens, studios, laundry rooms and boardrooms. Empowered, creative and voiced women carry hope for the future for, “in the realm of our imagination we begin to manifest a new reality”. As activists seeking equal representation, as mothers seeking full expression of our experience, as women seeking equal pay as our gifted male colleagues, we find, through our creativity, a super highway to a productive and healthy life.
In Tara Mohr’s Playing Big, she speaks of women who find satisfaction in both raising families and in their professional lives, women who defy the cultural norm of motherhood as overwhelming and wearing, an effort hardly worthy of contentment or a resource for insight. Tara writes that when a woman rests in the goodness of her motherhood and her professional life, she transgresses this cultural expectation. This new ground of a woman “declaring her enoughness about herself and her life” is where the power of Out of the Mouths of Babes resides. We are all extracting ourselves from the expectation Brené Brown speaks of, where if we don’t make motherhood look easy and fine, we generate discomfort for everyone who counts on us to carry that weight. Women are moving in to a new paradigm with their partners and families, finding new ways to manage time, responsibilities and their creative expression. One of the fruits of this labor is Out of the Mouths of Babes.
Gloria Steinem has a wish for the future that births in us daily is:
“My wish for women is to tell their stories.”
We do this every year at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and in this ongoing blog series.
Today, I offer you a gift from the women of Out of the Mouths of Babes. Please enjoy this very short movie and consider the question at the end. Leave me a comment here; share this work with your people. Gather round this warm fire of women caught in the act of making while they mother.
Here are views of
March 7, 2015
Dewey Memorial Hall Sheffield, MA
The Village: Who Else is Here as You Mother?
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The Women of Out of the Mouths of Babes and the Permission Slip:
See Terry Wise’s paintings here.
Listen to Terri Bocklund’s music here.
Ingrid Wendt’s poetry is here.
See Lynnette Lucy Najimy’s work here.
Read more of Janet Reich Elsbach here.
Leigh Strimbeck is in a play here.
Rachel Seigel is in this play.
Serene Mastriani created this radio show.
Amy Dryansky’s blog is here.
Linda Jackson blogs here.
Sarah Hains DiFazio blogs here.
Nichole Dupont’s work is all over, but go here for her blog.
Ursula Kern teaches the Art Table in the Pasing section of Munich, Germany.
Tania Pryputniewicz recently published November Butterfly here.
Tracee Vetting Wolf offers creativity coaching and her paintings here.
Mandy Thompson offers her paintings and the best short videos here.
Lori Landau offers her meditation classes and art work here.
Karen Arp-Sandel offers her paintings and classes here.
Laurie May Coyle is a creativity coach, teacher and facilitator here.
Annabelle Coote has a new blog about movement here.
Camille Roos shows her paintings here.
Rose Tannenbaum’s paintings are here.
Christina Rahr Lane’s photographs are here.
Jennifer Currie’s paintings are here.
Jennifer Gandin Le’s blog is here.
Anni Crofut’s jewelry is here.
Pippa Best’s amazing tribe, Story of Mum is here.
Amy Thompson’s writing is here.
Monica Devine’s writing and photographs are here.