This week on our Austin360 podcast, "I Love You So Much," you'll meet mom Gracey Jarosek, 44, who lives with her son Thres, 16, in Bastrop. Jarosek's husband died in a car wreck when Thres was 4 years old, and mother and son have a deep bond.
American-Statesman visual journalist Ana Ramirez heard about Gracey and Thres from our director of photography, Nell Carroll. "By Nell’s description I knew it was a story before even talking to Gracey, but after talking to Gracey I knew it would be a good Mother’s Day story. She was very open over the phone and told me how she’s always worked hard and described her family as 'working people.' I think I’m a sucker for these stories because of my mother. She’s a single parent of two kids and worked as a gardener. I just remember her coming home covered in dirt and working all day in the sun and that reminded me of Gracey. She did everything she could to make sure her son was taken care of."