Summer

Brainstorming Labor Day

We like to have our family over each year on Labor Day for one last summer gathering. This year I want it to be extra special. Labor Day is a holiday meant to acknowledge the social and economic achievements of American workers after all, and I’d say most folks have had it rough since March. I’d like to tip my hat to all the people who have had to adapt to working at home, or with new restrictions and requirements on site, those who lost their jobs, to the small business owners who are struggling and to those who are thriving. Congratulations on how far you’ve come! We couldn’t have predicted how this year has gone but we Americans will recover and adapt, we are an amazing group of people. That’s exactly why we deserve a day to kick back, relax and forget about our troubles for an afternoon.

Some families picnic, we like to fire up the grill. Burgers, hotdogs, pie, and lemonade. Sitting outside in the hot sun, and chatting it up. Kids playing on the lawn, running through the sprinkler and zapping each other with squirt guns while the dog nips at their heels. Some of my fondest memories as an adult are of Labor Days past. The last time my parents and in-laws came over and spent time together while they were all still alive and well was on a Labor Day. We sat on the back deck overlooking the Finley River until it was dark outside, and everyone squeezed in close around a table and told stories and laughed.

Not everyone has family to be with for holidays. If you have an elderly neighbor or know someone who is alone, consider inviting them over for a meal and a movie. It doesn’t have to be anything special. Just being together makes all the difference.

Slightly related, but not really, is a movie suggestion. In 2013 Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet starred in a movie called Labor Day that I think is so good. You should watch it. But don’t look at its Rotten Tomatoes score or read reviews, because I might be the only person who thinks it’s really good. 🙂

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