A Prairie Village woman has turned her blogging hobby into an opportunity to perform an essay on motherhood in front of hundreds this coming weekend.
Kathy Fisher started her blog, “A Speckled Trout,” four years ago, and has used it to document everything from politics to decaf coffee. What started as a handful of readers has become a loyal following.
“I have no idea why I’ve stuck with it,” she said. “I’m sort of a chronic quitter, and when you first launch a blog and see seven people are reading it, it’s kind of like, ‘What’s the point?’”
But stuck with it she has. And when Fisher attended last year’s “Listen to Your Mother” production in Kansas City, she thought she might be able to train her increasing writing skills on a piece that would be a fit for the show, which features women reading pieces they’ve written about the experience of being mothers.
Fisher submitted her piece, was asked to come in and audition, and ended up reading it in front of the show’s four producers. A few days later, she found out the producers had selected her as one of the 14 performers for this year’s production.
“I am not a public speaker — this is way, way out of my comfort zone,” she said. “When I went last year, I walked away thinking, people going through some really tough things, and, it’s weird, but I felt braver being among that crowd than I really am. I wanted to see if I could add to that feeling for other people.”
Fisher’s piece will be about her son, now 23, when he was a teenager — but she can’t reveal the details until the performance itself.
The program will be 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at Unity Temple on the Plaza. Information on tickets is available on the Kansas City Listen to Your Mother website.