Labor Day

Labor Day – what does it mean and how do you celebrate?  Open Book Stamp

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So Labor Day is bittersweet for me.  I enjoy being able to celebrate my fellow American workers and what we each do to push our economy forward and continue to keep our country prosperous and flourishing.

According to the Department of Labor, this is the definition of Labor Day:

“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Those of us who work have this day to celebrate that contribution.  Of course we must work to earn money to support the lifestyle each of us chooses, but its nice that we get a day to celebrate that.  Unfortunately, over the years, more focus has been given to “convenience” of those who are off celebrating and less focus on the actual worker. Case in point, employees of stores, hospitals, bars and restaurants who still must work during holidays, even one celebrating them.

Ava and Garrett 9 1 16The bitter part for me is that this signifies the end of summer.  Schools are back in session, here in the northeast, the weather turns cooler, the flowers begin to die off and the trees turn to fall colors.  I’m a summer girl and I’ve never had enough summer to fill me full and last through the winter.

We celebrate by gathering our family together and having a nice meal.  This year, we did have a double funeral on Saturday, then we went up to Suring and watched my son, Zach, pull his tractor.

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We brought our older two grandchildren home to stay overnight on Saturday, and on Sunday we took a nice bike ride through the East River Trail, stopped for a picnic snack and then came home and made a meal for the whole family to feast on.  That’s the perfect Labor Day weekend for us.

What does Labor Day mean to you and how do you celebrate it?  Let’s hop on over and see what my fellow hoppers are doing.

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4 thoughts on “Labor Day”

  1. Stevie TurnerStevie Turner

    Sounds like a nice day! Thanks for sharing.

    September 5, 2016
  2. RedRed

    pjfiala – Sounds like you really enjoy Labor Day with your family. I enjoy being around our family & attending the Indy U.S. Nationals, we have a blast as we watch the fast cars go down the track.

    September 5, 2016
  3. P.J. MacLayneP.J. MacLayne

    Speaking for those who work at hospitals—we all know that when it comes to taking care of the sick, there are no days off. Even those of us who don’t directly take care of patients realize that if we are needed to resolve an issue, someone’s life may be on the line. So thanks to the nurses, CNAs, doctors, food preparation workers, housekeeping, and even the IT people (who work in the background and are on-call) all over the country.

    September 5, 2016
  4. Lela MarkhamLela Markham

    You’ve got a good point about how we keep grocery stores and the like open today for the convenience of those of us who have the day off. It doesn’t seem right.

    September 5, 2016

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