how do you stop the whole world?

Maggie asked me that last week: Mommy, how do you stop the whole world?

And I thought: kid, if I knew, I’d have done it already.

I’m in the soup right now. Parenting is tough right now. I’m not ready to make it funny yet. I’m not even ready to not be funny about it yet. But if I could press a big pause button, I would, and not to melt with you or anything. Just to stop and take a breath.

And then yesterday we had our first rehearsal for Listen to Your Mother. And the world stopped.

I am so excited, so humbled, so honored to be creating this show with this group of women (and one man, speaking truth). I was so happy to have had this time yesterday to laugh and cry and celebrate motherhood.

Tickets are on sale soon. If you’re in the NYC area I hope you can come. It will make your spirit soar.

Today, fresh from the high of new friends who Get It, I have renewed energy to climb my motherhood mountain of the moment. It’s a steep climb. And there’s some stuff in my backpack I really don’t need.  So I’m taking all that stuff out and leaving it at the bottom.

Pilates mat class, body issues, snacktime guilt? No. See you next year.

Volunteer opportunities and board meetings and make these 30 calls by tomorrow? No. Sorry, I’m not available.

Brand-growing, Klout scores, writing assignments, paperwork? No. Parked in the inbox for a while.

Mommy, can you read just one more story?

Mommy, can you stop the whole world?

Yes. Yes I can.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Kir March 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm

that is exactly the way it should be right now. I am sending the HUG and the “I know exactly how you feel” that you need right now. Plus…I think you are incredible and amazing. I am so proud to be under your direction and your wing Amy. It was life changing for me.


Kate Mayer March 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

You did a great job capturing all of the mom stages. The good, the bad, the beautiful. 


holly fink March 12, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I just adore you.  Head up, chin up and put your kids first.  


Varda March 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Amy, I was amazed that you were on your feet and SO present with everyone and everything at rehearsal yesterday.  Even without so much on your plate, you were awesome. With it? You’re a superstar.  I am honored to be your partner in this wonderful LTYM madness.


Ann March 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm

This made me tear up. I’m such a big fan of yours. You are always so wise, but knowing which crap to throw out of that huge and unwieldy pack is genius. To easier days ahead–they’re waiting for you. xoxo


Patty March 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm

Amy, I wish I could help carry that pack for a while – I am certainly glad to be part of the crew cheering you on as you go!  Sending all good thoughts and energy your way


Stephanie Precourt March 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Oh yes. Much love to you.



Missy March 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

This post just moved me to tears. I wish I could carry your burden for a while.


Amy Zimmerman March 13, 2012 at 2:24 am

I love this post.
Amy Zimmerman


Michelle March 13, 2012 at 3:40 am

Awesome. Well said. When it all comes down to it, our family is what matters. On our deathbed, we won’t be saying I wish I would have watched you tube or tweeted more.


The Mommy Psychologist March 13, 2012 at 3:59 am

Sounds like an amazing show. Just remember to breathe. Sometimes that’s all I can do.


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Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him March 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Amy – what a post. The fact that you managed to sum up the angst we all feel in one line is pretty amazing. 

Let the inbox sit awhile. 

Good luck with LTYM. 


K A B L O O E Y March 18, 2012 at 3:11 am

I’m glad to hear you aren’t trying to do it all, because all those little time and energy sucks aren’t worth it.  Focus on the big stuff, as you are, and you’ll get through the chaos.  And the LTYM show sounds like it’s going to be fabulous.  See you then.


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