Saturday, May 9, 2009

There are all types of mothers...

This week, I participated in "Women in History" at my kids elementary school. There are 6 moms who portray famous women in presentations that span 2 days. Each day, 3 women share their stories 4 times in front of a total of 1000 people. I had the honor of portraying Irena Sendler. She was a Catholic Social worker who smuggled 2500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto and was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize. She had 2 children of her own along with 2500 others...the Ultimate Mom!
One of the teacher's aides asked our coordinator if we were professional actresses who travel to different schools with our performances. What an amazing compliment!It was a bit difficult to tell Irena's story but I had children come up to me to say that I did a really good job. I'm so glad they paid attention to me and learned something about an amazing woman.
Another mom represented was Tasha Tudor. She was a children's book author and illustrator. She had 4 children of her own and for one of her daughter's birthdays, she floated a cake on a flower covered raft down a river accompanied by other smaller rafts carrying candles. How cool is that! Great party planning idea! Her children and animals were her inspiration for her work.

Another talented mom was Pearl Bailey. She had 2 adopted children and the lovely women who portrayed her, Pamela Harrison, also has adopted children.

Cleopatra killed herself, by snake bite, in order to protect her 4 children and her empire.
Here is one of the 4 audiences.
The first performance always gives me butterflies but the others were fun!

So, I celebrate all of the different mothers out there!
Have a very Happy Mother's Day!!!!


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

what a terrific looking show! brava! love your costumes - it seems the kids are enthralled.

Jorgelina said...

Happy Mother's Day!!

lisalyn said...

Wow, those costumes are pretty amazing!! What a neat idea to share different mom's to these kids....and wow there were lots of them! :)

Allidink said...

How cute! What a fun thing to do. I bet the kids just loved it. Happy Mother's Day.

All the best,

dana said...

Donna, that was such a wonderful school event. I'm certain the students did enjoy this approach to hearing about amazing moms in history. What a fun and varied selection of "moms" to portray, too. I'll bet you were awesome. Leave to you to appreciate Tasha Tudor's party plan! :)

Hope you had a great Mom's Day!


Melissa Lester said...

What a neat idea! I recently visited your party planning site and was so inspired. You know I love planning parties too, and people have encouraged me to start a birthday party business, but I just wasn't sure how to go about it. I love how you have different packages with set themes. That would be a great option for me, allowing me to reuse items I have made for previous parties and indulging my passion for dishes and tableware! Thanks for the inspiration!

Art Spectrum said...

What a great event! You all look like you did a wonderful job!

I hope you had a great Mother's Day!

Your blog is just filled with amazing ideas. I'm lovin it!