I heard an excerpt of this performance a few years ago on This American Life. I searched everywhere for it but could not remember Julia Sweeney's name, nor find the episode it was played on. I downloaded this because the description of it sounded funny, but within the first few minutes I realized this was the story I had been looking for for years! I burst into the living room where my husband was watching golf and shouted, "I found it! I found it!" while jumping up and down. Well, he already thought I was a little strange before that.
I had a similar experience to the one told by Ms. Sweeney. The major difference is, in my head it seems so sad and complicated, but when she tells it, I can finally see the humor in it. She takes a huge life altering realization and relates it in a funny and profound way. I have used some of the things she said in this performance in arguments with my right-wing evangelical christian mother. I was worried at first that my mother might find out that I pretty much stole someone else's words and used them as my own. But then I thought, who am I kidding. Only people like me listen to this sort of thing. My mother would never be caught dead listening to such apostate teachings. I mean, really! What would the ladies at church think?