The traditional end of summer and the beginning of fall in the U.S. One last camping trip. One last backyard barbeque. Hallelujah, a three-day weekend!
Every year I hear a variety of jokes about Labor Day. Mothers will say, “Let me tell you about a real Labor Day.” Parents convince kids that Labor Day means everyone labors in the yard for a day. Apparently this ruse has been going on for generations, because a lot of adults spend the day doing yard work.
Rooted in the labor movement of the late nineteenth century, ultimately the holiday honors the social and economic achievements of workers and the contribution they make to our national life together.
Plenty of people still work on Labor Day to make it easy for the rest of us to have fun on that day, or to keep us safe. That fact alone reminds us how much we ought to value the variety of work.
I hope you find meaning in your work, and I hope you appreciate the work of ten people around you today.