Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Today in America we're celebrating the last big holiday of summer: Labor Day. This first Monday in September marks many events: the unofficial end of summer, a three-day weekend to get in last-minute traveling, the beginning of the school year...

Growing up, this was also the last weekend I could wear my white dress shoes (although it did bother me that I could still wear my white tennis shoes -- so confusing).

I know the history of Labor Day is to celebrate the American Worker. I find it ironic that so many people  have to work this day. I read an article that stated the largest percentage of workforce in America - the retail worker - does not get the day off. In our culture it makes sense, but I think it does shame to the holiday.

Those who do get the day off may go to the lakes/beaches/water, plan huge celebrations and gatherings and party until dusk and beyond.

For me, sad to say, the day has never had any personal significance. No huge parties or parades. It's simply another day.

But what about you? Do you have to work, and does it bother you? Or do you take the day "off," (subjective if your job is a writer) to celebrate or relax around the house?

No matter how you celebrate, make today a great day!

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