Monday, September 3, 2007
The photo above is of my father threshing oats many years ago. He worked seven days a week, dawn to dusk, for as long as I can remember. Click on image for a closer view.
Labor Day has been celebrated in this country since the 1880s. Its original purpose was to honor the labor movement through parades and festivals. That was then. More emphasis is now placed on Labor Day Sales and long weekends (nothing wrong with either) than labor unions - especially in a right-to-work state. It also signals the end of summer.
When my son was in school, I bought the calendars which began in September, not January. That's when the real year began for all Moms.
For many workers, this was just another day at work. We should all thank those folks who are always on the job for us. I hope those who had to work today are rewarded with a day off later in the week.
Whether you spent your day celebrating, relaxing or working, here's wishing you a great Labor Day!