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By The Numbers: Mother’s Day

By Mac Malikowski | May 10, 2013

This year, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 12th and like many people, this writer will be, at the very least, calling his mom to wish her a good one, especially if I can’t get one of America’s 16,000 florist or 103 greeting card establishments on the phone in time. My mother, like many, definitely deserves a day set aside; a small compensation for her tireless and impassioned dedication to my survival.

Spending much of my childhood with an older brother (20% of women aged 15-44 have two children) and a working single mother (In 2012, there were 10.3 million single mothers raising children in America, up substantially from 1970’s 3.4 million), I have equally fond and objectionable memories of childcare centers in my hometown, of which there are about 827,907 nationally. Fewer memories stand out stronger, however, than the excitement of seeing my mother, clad in a shoulder padded jacket (she was an attorney in the 90’s) pull up to the daycare center driveway in a giant brown Cadillac Deville, ready to take us home and get us fed.

Sure there were disagreements, mostly a combination of my brother and I trying to raise ourselves and never wanting to do schoolwork (Imagine claiming to be done with homework only to be cross-examined by Ms. State Defender herself. She was impervious to lies.), but we fancied ourselves “The Three Musketeers” and clung to that sentiment until the day my brother and I gracefully bowed out of being the only men in her life to make way for someone new.

So, to all mothers, nay, all women in the world, here is to you. You deserve breakfast in bed on more than just one Sunday a year.

More facts from the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • 4.1 million: Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months.
  • 53%: Percentage of 15- to 44-year-old women who were mothers in 2010.
  • 89.7%: Percentage of all children who lived with their biological mothers in 2012.
  • 3.954 million: Number of births registered in the United States in 2011.
  • 25.4: Average age of women in 2010 when they gave birth for the first time, up from 25.2 years in 2009.
  • 5 million: Number of stay-at-home moms in 2012.

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