Today is the day we Americans celebrate the national holiday Labor Day, the official celebration of laborers and the collective power of unions, and the unofficial end of summer.
Many Americans use Labor Day as the excuse to hold one last barbecue, or go on one last camping or fishing trip, or just plan a picnic and a trip to the nearest firework show. My family plans to grill out at home this year, and just enjoy a day off from jobs and normal responsibilities.
While many employers are giving their employees a much-deserved break, just as many companies will be promoting wares and holding massive sales to attract consumers. I need a new stove, so perhaps I will venture out later myself.
While the official beginning of autumn is still a few weeks away, most school children have just or will be starting back to school this week, and kids and adults alike have fall on their minds. What that means to individuals varies, though many focus on the beginning of football season, and getting ready for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Tomorrow, I will think about taking down the red-white-and-blue decorations I’ve had out around the house since Memorial Day, and pulling out my own stashes of orange candles and harvest decorations. September is still warm here, though the nights have cooled down into the sixties and even fifties a few times, and the garden, which was so dry and wilting in the August heat, is coming back to life.
Fall and Halloween decorations have already made appearances in many stores, and fall flowers like chrysanthemums and ornamental cabbages are ready to take home and plant in gardens that will very soon be festooned with pumpkins and gourds off all types, dried cornstalks, and bales of hay. Autumn is my favorite time of year, and I look forward to the colors, the scents of fall baking, and the cooler temperatures.
However, all of that can wait till tomorrow. Today is about relaxing, and spending time with family, and eating some good food, preferably outdoors.
I hope you and yours have a very Happy Labor Day!