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Top 10 Reasons Why I’m Celebrating Mother’s Day

Sarah Preston Gorenstein

I won’t be joining Christy Turlington Burns in her attempt to shut down Mother’s Day this year. I get that she’s trying to come from a good place with the message, to support her “Every Mother Counts” campaign, but I think it’s slightly misdirected.

Surely there are other ways to bring awareness to the 360,000 women who die each year from pregnancy or childbirth-related problems than silencing moms on Mother’s Day. I don’t care how many celebrities appeared in her video to support the campaign, I'm celebrating Mother's Day out loud.

I think I've earned that right. And, really, it's more of an excuse to celebrate my greatest achievement as a mom: him. Here's why I will wear that badge loud and proud on Sunday:

  1. My son calls me “mom,” “mommy” and “mama.” But I love it when he calls me “babe.”
  2. Preston is always up for snuggling in bed and watching a movie—there’s nothing I’d rather do after an exhausting day of work than cuddle with my boy.
  3. When I say, “I love you,” I always get an “I love you” back. Unconditionally.
  4. When I sneeze, he says: “God bless you, Mommy!” When I yawn, he asks: “Why are you tired, Mama?” When I cry, he says: “Don’t cry, Mommy.”
  5. He never asks for anything more than my attention. (And sometimes ice cream.)
  6. He always says “please” and “thank you.” “Sorry” and “excuse me.” Always unprompted.
  7. Ever since he was an infant he’s loved playing with letters, and spelling words. And reading books. (This justifies the amount of TV he watches.)
  8. Preston wakes up happy, even—and especially—on school days.
  9. He loves learning. He’s inquisitive. He listens when I explain things. If I correct something he says, he genuinely wants to get it right and will keep saying it until he does.
  10. No matter how long the day is, how hard things get, how uncertain I may be sometimes…one look at that face and everything makes sense.

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