The Daily Palette Vintage--featuring Iowa Writes

Introduction of My Mom (aka Emily Ha)

Hi, my name is Mia and tonight, I'm going to be introducing someone who's special and that is my mom.  My mom is all sorts of things.  She's. . .  Well, first, she hasn't heard this so I hope she likes it.  She can be sweet 'cause she takes care of me, she's very nice, and she spends a lot of time with me.  And second, she is brave.  I remember when I was five I was trapped in the laundry room by a mean cat and every time I opened the door it went "kheee" and I remember I just sat there for an hour and I was shouting and my mom heard me through the vent and she came out.  And even when the cat hissed at her, she went in the laundry room and grabbed me and the cat hissed at her and she said, "If you scratch me cat, I'm gonna kick you."  And my mom can be very weird.  Sometimes on the weekends she likes to bite me 'cause she thinks it's a sign of love and it gives her an endorphin release.  The second reason I think she's weird is because when she wants to get away from the world when she's writing she just takes my pillow, puts it in the closet, and sits there in the closet and acts like it's a residency.  And last but not least, she is very hard working but when I was in first grade I didn't know that so I remember on Mother's Day, the teacher asked us to draw a picture and write what your mother does while you're at school and I said that my mom watches the house.  And when I gave it to my mom, she didn't like it very much.  Now I would like to introduce my sweet, brave, weird, hardworking mom, Emily Ha.

Happy Mother's Day!

About Iowa Writes:

Since 2006, "Iowa Writes" has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers on The Daily Palette, and it has recently expanded its scope to include work published by Iowa journals and publishers. Curated by the staff of The Iowa Review, "Iowa Writes" features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction several times a week on the Palette. In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature. Find out more about submitting by contacting


Attend a reading of UIowa's Nonfiction Writing Program and you will see charmingly chatty Mia, NWP's unofficial mascot.  Ms. Mia Bella Chaymang was born in New York but has lived in Vietnam, LA, Philadelphia, and NYC.  She is a whopping nine years old and a third grader at Horace Mann Elementary in Iowa City.

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