Labor Day used to be a big deal. First recognized in 1894 as a holiday celebrating the American labor movement, it was a day off for workers. In this modern era of 24/7 commerce, Labor Day is mainly a day off for government workers. Some government workers. Police, fire and public safety professionals are working today.
I was surprised this morning to see the garbage-men working. But, around here, the waste company is a private concern, not beholden to government.
Back in the '50s my dad was a union hand, and some of my earliest memories are at the huge barbecues the union threw on Labor Day. I probably drank my first Nehi Grape at a Labor Day barbecue.
I'm off today because I am retired, and the grandsons are still abed because it is a school holiday. So, today is just another day. Belle happens to be off today, and we'll spend it puttering around.