Mother figures are the unsung heroes in our lives who provide us with guidance, support, and unconditional love. Whether it’s a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, a stepparent, or a mentor, these individuals have shaped us into the people we are today. In our “Listening to Moms” animation season, we hear stories that honor these individuals and reflect on maternal figures and what they mean to us. Watch a season dedicated to celebrate and recognize the remarkable contributions of all the mother figures who have played a vital role in our lives and to express our gratitude for their unwavering support and love.

Joyce’s Neighborhood

Mary Mills grew up as an only child in the 1960s in a quiet neighborhood near Santa Monica, California. Although Mary didn’t have siblings to play with, she was never lonely. There were plenty of children nearby, and they all wanted to be at her house where they would hang out with Mary… and her mom, Joyce Carter Mills. At StoryCorps, Mary brought her mom to tell her why she was “the mom every other kid wanted.”

Listen to Joyce and Mary’s story on the StoryCorps Podcast.

Lessons from Lourdes

Lourdes Villanueva grew up a daughter of migrant workers. Her family was constantly on the move, which prevented Lourdes from receiving her high school diploma. Despite the odds stacked against her, Lourdes was determined to complete her education all while balancing working in the fields and parenting her children. At StoryCorps, Lourdes sits down with her son Roger, who reflects on how his mother’s dedication inspired him.

Meet the Greenbergs

Growing up in her parents’ home in Queens, New York during the 1950s, Laura Greenberg says she didn’t know what normal behavior was. She remembers her family expressing love through hugging, cursing, and oversharing. At StoryCorps, Laura sits down with her daughter Rebecca to reflect on their unconventional love language.

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