As an immigration lawyer I have had the privilege of working with refugees from across the globe. They are regular people forced to endure the worst the world has to offer. Their stories are harrowing. Many — including children — have post traumatic stress disorder and other mental and physical scars.
My mom was a delightfully unique person. I’m not exactly sure when I realized this, but it was probably after spending time at friends’ houses. I discovered that my mother did not do the typical things that other mothers did.