Three day weekends are a wonderful opportunity to get together with family and friends. Labor Day has the added bonus of letting many of us get that last excursion completed before the end of summer. But that's not really what Labor Day is about. Just like Memorial Day isn't about having another three day weekend.
Where I get confused is what we're really supposed to be doing for specific holidays. Mother's Day, for example, is a day to celebrate all that Mom does. Most of us try and make that a day that she doesn't have to do all the things she does any other day of the year like cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. In reality though, it often just ends up meaning she will do more work the day before and/or the day after to stay caught up.
Labor Day is very similar. Many of us get a three day weekend and don't have to go into work on Labor Day. For many of us though, it just means one less day in the week where you still need to get the same amount of work done.
So what are we supposed to do on Labor Day? Get together with family and friends and avoid any kind of manual labor at all costs? Or is it the opposite and we use the bonus day to do a bunch of labor around the house that has been getting neglected?
I personally have chosen a mix of the two. Believe it or not, I did a little bit of vacuuming and laundry today...a very rare occurrence in our household (for me to be doing it anyway). Although it was a lot less physically demanding than most of the things usually on my to-do list, I wouldn't ever want to trade roles with my wife permanently. I will be grilling this afternoon to enjoy some family time.
There are of course all the moms-to-be out there who take Labor Day to the extreme and are currently in labor about to give birth to a child. Those are the unsung heroes of today if you ask me. Sure, childbirth is hard and all, but the real kicker is they don't let you grill in the delivery room. That has to be terribly frustrating.
Well, however you are spending to day, have fun. Be smart and safe, but have fun. Remember, there's very little today that you can't put off until tomorrow, so try not to work too hard today. It is supposed to be a day to celebrate all the accomplishments of the labor force afterall. Until next time....