Happy Labor Day

In the United States, today is Labor Day, a holiday to celebrate workers, traditionally in jobs that require a fair amount of physical labor. Nowadays, Labor Day weekend is mostly a holiday that signifies the end of summer and the beginning of fall, a time for one last barbecue fling when the weather is still warm enough to enjoy being on the patio or deck. For Mainers, it is a bittersweet weekend, a reminder thatΒ  the long, cold dark of winter is just around the corner.

But back to Labor Day…Β  My ancestors farmed and worked in factories. They labored, using their hands and bodies. My ancestors certainly weren’t rich, yet I think it’s fair to write that they added a richness to this state and this country.

So here’s to all honest laborers,Β  past and present, who worked so hard, were not always paid fairly, and did not cheat anyone out of anything.

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13 thoughts on “Happy Labor Day”

  1. It is good to stop and reflect on how we got to where we are today; to honor those who brought us to this point, and to celebrate the contributions each of us makes to our country and world.

    1. Yes, indeed, Derrick. That’s how we heat our house in the winter. We go through six cords of woods. And in Maine, when someone is a little “off,” we describe that person as “a few logs short of a cord.” πŸ˜‰

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