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May 16, 2013

Column: Mother's Day should last all month

I hope all you great moms enjoyed a Happy Mother’s Day!

Considering that we live in an age when every cause gets its own day (think “Talk like a Pirate Day” in September or “Pack Rat Day” coming up this Friday), I think moms deserve more than just a day.

In fact, I think moms should get a celebration combining the best features of the Super Bowl, the Fourth of July and the Olympics, perhaps with elements of St. Patrick’s Day and Valentine’s Day thrown in, but without moms having to do any of the work. Here are 20 reasons why I think this:

First of all, they’re moms, and you know how glamorous that role is (think mom jeans, for example).

They went through labor (think repeated electrical shocks to the belly, for hours, sometimes days).

They nursed you (think 3 a.m. feedings and projectile vomiting).

They responded to your sweet little baby cries all day long — and again at 3 a.m.

They changed your dirty diapers and checked on countless others that weren’t even wet.

They potty-trained you.

They sang to you.

They read you stories, over and over.

They planned your birthday parties, which took place in the backyard, and they brought you to your friends’ parties at places like Chuck E. Cheese’s or Laser Quest.

They watched so you wouldn’t drown in the ball pit.

They drove you to all those activities you liked and many you didn’t (think CCD or the orthodontist).

They refrained from ordering you out of the car and leaving you by the side of the road when you were surly or whining.

They gave you great meals while sometimes themselves just eating scraps left on your plate over the sink.

They did your laundry and didn’t get too upset about the pens, electronic devices and important papers that got washed.

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