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Tanya Leigh Ta's Mother, Jamie
"I'm incapable of talking about my mom without becoming a blubbering mess. So getting to write about her (and hide my tears behind a computer screen) is much easier. My mother is not only the smartest woman I know — my resource for all of life's questions — she is also the kindest. The most forgiving. The most loving. She raised my two brothers and I with such grace it took me far too many years to realize parenting is really damn hard. Last year, my mom traveled solo nearly 30 hours to watch me get married in Bali. The morning after she arrived, she woke me up with tears in her eyes to witness the largest, most beautiful rainbow either of us had ever seen stretch across the rice paddies."