As I glanced at the calendar this week, I was shocked to see that summer is almost over. It can’t be! Not already! If you are anything like me, summer has gone by too quickly. I haven’t taken the time to enjoy it. I was able to spend one Saturday at my brother’s swimming pool with my granddaughters, and my husband and I have taken a few evening drives in our convertible. Other than that, I’ve worked, attended meetings and only enjoyed the warmth of the sun as I walked to and from my car. Wait! Stop! I’m not ready for summer to end!
This coming weekend, we have a three day weekend as we celebrate Labor Day. Traditionally, Labor Day in the United States is celebrated every year on the first Monday of September. How many of us really know why we celebrate Labor Day?
“Without labor, nothing prospers.” Sophocles
Labor Day is a federal holiday. All government offices, organizations and many businesses are closed. The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882. The Central Labor Union wanted to create a holiday for workers. It officially became a federal holiday in 1894 and was celebrated with a street parade to show appreciation to the trade and labor organizations.
For many, Labor Day is a day of rest. It’s a long three day weekend. It’s a chance to take a final getaway before summer ends. Some celebrate Labor Day with barbeques, family get-togethers, fireworks, and picnics. How will you celebrate Labor Day?
While I was growing up, Labor Day was the last long weekend before school started. The school start dates have slowly been moved back, and many schools start the end of July or the beginning of August. We would usually cook out and relax in our yard, and some years we had a family get-together at my uncle’s farm in Noblesville.
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.’ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Whatever your plans, take the time to really enjoy this three day weekend. Make memories with the ones you love. Turn off your phones, forget the laundry and housework, and relax. Sit back and let the sunshine hit your face. Enjoy the aroma of your dinner cooking on the grill. Listen to the laughter of the children playing in the yard. Play a few games of corn hole. End your day with a bonfire and enjoy a smore or two. Most of all, be grateful. Take a moment to celebrate our great nation and the fact that most of us have jobs, families, homes, cars, clean water and food. We, as a nation, are truly blessed.
“Enjoy the small things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” Kurt Vonnegut
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