This coming weekend marks American holiday Labor Day. Though the official holiday is Monday, September 7th, for many the celebrations will begin this Friday and continue throughout the extended weekend.
What a year it’s been! At this time last year, most of us were planning to celebrate this American holiday in our own style-with family and neighborhood gatherings, cookouts, and fireworks shows. What a difference a year can make! Now, many of us fear, not unreasonably so, to venture out unless absolutely necessary.
Labor Day, officially a federal holiday celebrating the efforts of American workers, and unofficially the” last hurrah of summer,” means many things to different people. Some take it as a welcome break from work, as federal and state offices will be closed, as well as many businesses. For others, it’s about shopping the big sales, or an excuse to party, or just a last summer blowout as children are returning to school.
This year, though many schools are finally back in session, albeit many are using a method of staggered attendance, the holiday doesn’t have quite the same meaning. Many, my husband included, are still working at home and will be for the foreseeable future.
However, for many, including the adults in my family, it is still a paid holiday we intend to enjoy. While we are planning a cookout, we will be having a smaller crowd this year, and any shopping we do will probably be accomplished online. Still, the day gives us a perfect excuse to pull out our smoker, and prepare too much good food, which will furnish leftovers for a few days at least.
Labor Day also means that autumn is just around the corner, and I’m already looking forward to cooler temperatures, putting up fall and Halloween decorations, and planning autumn treats to bake and share.
While the world is a vastly different place right now, we still can take joy in the day and wherever else we can find it. I choose to be optimistic that things will get better. In the meantime, we need to continue about our lives as best we can. This means planning as near a normal holiday celebration as possible, and rejoicing in the time we have as a family.
Happy Labor Day everyone!