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 that the long, cold dark of winter is just around the corner.
But back to Labor Day… 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, past and present, who worked so hard, were not always paid fairly, and did not cheat anyone out of anything.