"If I could still have the same kids, I would have waited. But- I love my kids.I wouldn't give 'em up for the world. No matter how hard it is."
Cathy is 16. She loves listening to Outkast. She wanted to be a lawyer, but now she thinks she wants to be an accountant. Cathy is also still a freshman
in high school because she is the mother of two little boys, the oldest, James,
is two years old. She attends a high school for teen mothers which is where she gets the most support from anyone all day.
This is a non-narrated, first-person glimpse into the chaotic life of a very
young mother. It is not a story of regret and moralizing about early sexuality. Instead, Cathy reflects on her need to be grown-up, as a mother to her two boys, while also wanting to be just a teenager.
This piece is available on the Public Radio Exchange
EXTRA: Visit Cathy's school, The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers [click here
This piece premiered in May 2004 at the Salt Gallery
as part of the show Everything in Particular
. It aired on November 19, 2004 on KPFA
on The Radio Chronicles; January 3, 2006 on New Hampshire Public Radio's Front Porch
; May 10, 2006, on KUER
; July 12, 2006 on KFAI's Listening Lounge
; and was featured as part of The Transom Radio Hour
in August 2006.
Producer: Sarah Elzas
Recorded in Waterville, Maine
Photos: Allison Wightman