Monday is usually a personal reflections or opinion post. Generally those posts are ready and scheduled for early morning on Monday. Today is Labor Day and I didn’t write a thing in advance. So even if this gets posted before the end of the day, I’ll still be running late.
Thirty one years ago, this morning early, my youngest son was born. Time sure does fly by. Today we celebrated our oldest grandsons fifth birthday coming up in two days. It was fun with just his family here, which includes several kids. In addition to his sister by the same mom he has two older brothers by the same dad plus a step brother. Two cousins were there as well. There were seven kids and eight adults at his pizza party, which we held at Godfathers Pizza. We had our own glassed in room so the only noise was from our own group. It was nice. At one point we had the room full of bubbles! I didn’t get a picture of hat though.
Other than a day off to drink beer and party what has Labor Day become? The idea of celebrating the efforts and recognizing the accomplishments of workers has been around since the 1880’s and after several states had enacted their own legislation establishing a Labor Day, in 1894 the US government enacted legislation establishing the first Monday of September as Labor Day.*
I remember a time during my youth when there were parades and businesses were closed on Labor Day. If there are parades now Insont hear about them and most retail businesses remain open. Don’t retail business employees don’t deserve a day of recognition too? It seems to me that this holiday, like so many others has become another day for retailers to boost sales. Labor Day sales circulars fill the mailbox and newspaper ad supplements. That is not a celebration of the accomplishments and efforts of workers, it’s a way of talking workers out of their hard earned money.
I’d like to see a return of parades, festivals, family and community picnics, speeches honoring workers, all in a true celebration of workers in all industries.
Okay, I’m finished ranting. Have a safe day!