A Baptist Girl’s Guide to Sex, Love and Happiness Review
There are some storytellers who are compelling because of their presentation, the way they carry themselves and move and speak; there are others who just talk about incredibly interesting and well-researched things. Lou Ann manages to do both. Honestly, I would listen to her read the phone book.
Lou Ann recounts her childhood in a conservative Baptist family in northern Indiana, where babies were sent from God and boys’ penises expanded like water balloons and might get stuck inside of you if you weren’t careful. Carefully, lovingly, Lou Ann tells the story of her life, which ranges from the ridiculous to the sad and moving. Sure, everyone’s first period is a traumatic experience, but it’s a shared one among all women. It takes more courage to talk about how her father lost his business and she was forced to marry so she could complete college; how her marriage fell apart when “the fairy tale cracked” and she was forced to see what this next stage of her life would look like.
At the heart of Lou Ann’s telling is the idea of happy endings. What are they? Are they possible? Are they even desirable? In the end, the conclusion is that happiness is possible, even when things are their bleakest. But it’s the ending Lou Ann questions. Happiness is always just the beginning.
Whether you call it a storyteller, a one-woman show or just a splendid afternoon, you should check out Lou Ann’s show. It’s gently funny, moving and a perfect snapshot of what it was like to grow and blossom from a strict upbringing and a set worldview into an independent woman who lives life on her own terms. Will she ever find her own happily ever? That’s really beside the point. She’s got the happy part, and that’s all that matters.
Check out the rest of Lou Ann’s shows.
Disclosure: Lou Ann Homan’s show is sponsored in part by Storytelling Arts. I serve on their board.