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I loved the first episode of “I Am Cait” – especially the appearance of Esther Jenner

If I ever meet Esther Jenner, I know I’m going to want to give her a big hug.

She made me cry tonight while watching the premiere of I Am Cait.

The 88-year-old mother of Caitlyn Jenner had so much to say as she worked to process all that is happening to her child in front of the world’s eyes.

I was so moved by her determination to understand – to do the work necessary – and her total acceptance. It seems clear that she is just so happy to finally know her child, to know why the 1976 Olympic Champion had been so distant from her, and to be able to spend time with this authentic person who is no longer bottled up and hiding.

‘I was so proud of Bruce when he stood on that podium receiving that gold medal in Montreal. I had tears and the American flag was going up in the middle and I thought that I could never be more proud of him,” Esther said on the show. “And you know, I was wrong. Because I am more proud of him for the courage that he has shown. I love him with all my heart and I certainly love her with all my heart.”

Caitlyn knows she’s one of the lucky ones in terms of family acceptance.

“The tremendous amount of support I’ve gotten has been overwhelming, but you also have to realize it’s not this way for everybody,” she told viewers. “There are so many people that have struggled with family, who struggle with friends, who struggle with ridicule or not having financial resources.”

Sure, there was a visit from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West that was about little more than Kim going through Caitlyn closet – again – but the show is pretty terrific.

I look forward to next week!

FILE UNDER: Reality, Transgender

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