This year, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many families are spending time apart when they would normally be together. Moments like Mother’s Day, when people typically get to celebrate the nurturing figures in their lives, are especially complicated.

Below, we’ve put together a collection of stories of mother-child relationships of all shapes and sizes. We hope you enjoy them.

A StoryCorps conversation is the least expensive and most important gift you can give to someone you can’t be with face-to-face. This Mother’s Day, honor a mother figure in your life using StoryCorps Connect and record her story. Learn more at StoryCorpsConnect.org.

Q & A

Joshua, who has Asperger syndrome, asks his mother a few questions that have been on his mind.
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Gabe and Chris López

Gabe López, age 8, remembers when things really changed for him as a transgender kid. With his mother by his side, he knew he wasn’t alone.
Read the full transcript here.

 

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“When I did get back home, my son didn’t recognize me.”
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Coming Home From the Corners of the World

Ever since Dr. Lora Koenig and Dr. Zoe Courville met in the middle of the Greenland ice sheet while conducting climate research, their friendship has helped them navigate the challenges of their work and parenting.
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"Nobody wanted to work with me."
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Climbing to the Top at ConEdison

Monica Harwell tells her daughter, Andrea Cleveland, about being the first woman to climb electric utility poles for ConEd in New York.
Read the full transcript here.

A Mother’s Promise

Maria Rivas and her teenage daughter Emily prepare for the possibility of Maria returning to El Salvador if she is forced to leave the U.S.
Read the full transcript here.

Bonnie and Myra Brown

Bonnie Brown talks with her daughter Myra about living with an intellectual disability and their powerful bond.
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"I spent eight hours a day putting hooks into bungee cords."
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MIT and Parenting, One Week at a Time

Mechanical engineer and MIT graduate Noramay Cadena tells her daughter, Chassitty Saldana, about what it was like to raise her while she was studying.
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“When I took you home, I didn’t know how to feel.”
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Not a Fairytale, Not a Failure

April Gibson, 33, talks with her teenage son, Gregory Bess, about how she felt when he was born.
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Me & You

Jackie’s life changed when she and her husband adopted their son, Scott. She shares with Scott for the first time what led her to make that decision.
Read the full transcript here.

Road to Resilience: Alice Mitchell and Ibukun Owolabi

Alice was 14 when her mother died unexpectedly, just two weeks after giving birth to her youngest child. Ten years later, the siblings discuss losing their mother for the first time.
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“I struggled with, maybe I should have stayed away.”
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Uncovering Family Secrets

Lisa Bouler Daniels tells her biological brother Benjamin Chambers what it was like to learn about her birth mother after she passed away.
Warning: The following story discusses sexual assault.
Read the full transcript here.

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"I heard her say, 'Don’t you be no sad mama for my grandbaby!'"
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Walking in a Mother’s Legacy

Sada Jackson sat down to learn about her late mother through her mom’s best friend, Angela Morehead-Mugita.
Read the full transcript here.

 

 

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