Melinda Mayor: The Menschette of Montmartre

Writer, singer, actress, mother. I love the stage (and an audience!) and I love my 2 monsters (oy!). I'm finding my way back to being a performer while learning how to play the demanding role of Mommy/Maman/Mamaleh. Oh, and I kvetch.

Melinda is a winner of Top 25 European Moms - 2013

In what ways is your home town unique from other places you've lived or traveled?

First, it depends on what we're calling my "hometown". My husband and I met in Vancouver, and subsequently lived together and married there. He was the stage manager for the show I was performing in. As I sang onstage and generally vamped it up, he was giving me notes like "Stop flirting with the stage manager". Good thing I didn't listen to him!

I guess Vancouver is unique because that's where our story started, where we share a frame of reference. He produced my first one-woman show there, and we are seeking opportunities to do this again. Having two small children makes this goal a lot harder, but he has always supported me and my creative pursuits, and who knows, our plans might take us back to Vancouver for a visit!

Also, the pot. Nowhere else have I been able to get a buzz simply by walking down the street.

What do your kids love most about living in the European Union?

Well, they've never lived anywhere else, so they don't know any differently. They could say "Sacre Coeur!" before they were even out of diapers and have been able to recognize the Eiffel Tower for years. I always tell them that people come from very far away and spend a lot of money to see these things, and we are very lucky to be just a metro ride away (or, in the case of Sacre Coeur, a short walk!).

I hope they will be grateful for living in Paris, possibly the most beautiful city in the world. They already know they are fortunate to grow up speaking two languages. If only my French was as good as theirs!

What outdoor activity do you enjoy doing most with your kids?

This question makes me laugh, as I am definitely more of an indoors sort of person! However, I found out that I was a winner of the Top 25 Moms contest on the weekend that 3 out of 4 of us were running in races--not something I ever thought I'd say! My kids ran a 1K race and are already telling me to look for others. I never thought in a million years I would (or could) run, and now I'm encouraging my kids to run races. I'm so grateful that this is part of their lives.

My race, incidentally, was a 10K. I wish I could have run theirs instead!