Today, for Mother’s Day, we’re bringing you pieces about the lives of mothers and the ways in which mothers shape our lives. Jill Lepore reflects on her mother’s life and explains how it led her to write a book about Jane Franklin and Jane’s unique relationship with her brother Benjamin Franklin. In “Dear Life,” Alice Munro recalls her childhood in Ontario and describes the stories her mother used to tell her; in “Notes on My Mother,” Hilton Als writes about his lifelong fascination with his enigmatic mother, who immigrated to New York from Barbados. Tad Friend chronicles his early memories of his stylish mom and their family home in the Philadelphia suburbs. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan explores the anguish of an immigrant mother separated from her nursing infant, after she sought asylum in America. Finally, in “The Cost of Caring,” Rachel Aviv examines the life of a nanny in New York and considers the sacrifices she’s made in order to provide for her own children back home in the Philippines. We hope that you find these stories as moving as we do.