At 46, Barb Reichert was askedby her partner, "Do you want to have a baby?"
Her response: "Oh, are you kidding me? Come on now. We're too old for this."
Well, turns out she wasn't. Reichert, unconventional mama and director of communications for U.S. Figure Skating, will expound on her late foray into motherhood, describing the process of preparing for a child and the "joyous aftermath" of birth, at this month's Story Project event.
She, along with six others, will take to the mic with autobiographical stories embodying the theme of "Modern Families." In order to craft a composite of family life within the status quo, the orators chosen represent multiple cultures, sexual orientations and socioeconomic standings.
"We put out an all-call to people who wanted to tell stories about family, and, in this case, I wanted to diversify family," says Sharon Friedman, creator, producer and co-host of the Story Project. "We want people to relate."
Three years ago, upon hearing an excerpt from The Moth Radio Hour, a popular podcast and feature on public radio, Friedman decided she wanted to bring the art of storytelling — or as she likes to call it, "oral archaeology" — to the Colorado Springs area.
"I intuitively thought it would be embraced," she says.
Friedman was right. Past events, some themed, have brought the likes of former Vice Mayor Richard Skorman onstage, as well as local actors, musicians, advocates, authors and business owners. On average, 80 to 100 people attend the Story Project on the second Friday of each month, making Marmalade at Smokebrush standing-room-only.
Smokebrush intends to relocate to Manitou Springs in the near future due to its lawsuit with the city ("Digging in, but heading out," News, May 22), but Friedman plans to move her baby along, too.
"We hope it will always have a home at Smokebrush," she says.
Every Story Project event is archived on its YouTube channel. Also look for a presence on 91.5 KRCC-FM and a television spot on Pikes Peak Library District's Channel 17.