When I was a kid, Labor Day always signalled the end to the joyful days of summer, and the return to school. From that standpoint, it was like "turn out the lights, the party's over." My parents were big players in the commmunity Labor Day parade back then, and I usually spent part of the day marching and participating in the festivities. But it wasn't really a day that I looked forward to.
On the other hand - when at work before I entered the Army - I thought Labor Day was a great day because I, too, was usually working at time-and-a-half. The best thing about Labor Day for me then was working OVERTIME ON THE NIGHT SHIFT on Labor Day. That got me double-time.
Nowadays, it's pretty much just another day where you can't get everything done that you might on a Monday that isn't a holiday. I suppose I should think more about the meaning and purpose of the holiday. I will now that you've reminded me. Thanks.
What if this country actually shut down for that day with the exception of essential professions? What if we really did celebrate the working stiffs that make this country go round? We have programed ourselves to believe that we cant stop for one day. If you think about it, how many days a year do we really stop and be glad for what we have, not what we want?. Have a good one!
"What if this country actually shut down for that day with the exception of essential professions?"
My recollection is that we used to do it that way. Then people started squawking and businesses saw extra profits and next thing you know stores are open full-time on Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.
We just need to SLOW DOWN and smell the roses, but I don't see that happening any time soon. It would require STRONG NATIONAL LEADERSHIP who felt it should be that way - and who would push it. But the businesses probably would still whine about lost revenues.