“Without labor nothing prospers.”

The sun is just breaking out. There is a breeze which ruffles the leaves, but it is already hot and humid. It will be an ugly day.

Maddie and Henry are asleep. I’d like to join them as I’m tired. For some reason of late my sleep is filled with dreams which I tell myself to remember, but mostly I don’t. A couple are offshoots of what I’ve watched on TV except I’m part of the action. Last night I was in the Middle East.

Acorns keep falling off the trees and bouncing on the deck. One end of the deck is filled with them though the deck was cleared on Friday. Wearing something on my feet is a necessity.

When I was a kid, most of the stores were closed. The only ones open were the small corner stores like the Red Store and the White Store ( I never knew them by name, only by color) near my house. I don’t remember any particular celebrations. I don’t even remember if we had barbecues. What I do remember is taking my night before school starts bath and laying out my clothes. The opening day was one of the two days I didn’t have to wear a uniform so we always had new clothes for the day. I readied my new school bag, and I put my new pencil box inside it. My mother made lunch and packed it in my new lunch box. When I was young, the lunch box had characters on it like Annie Oakley. When I got older, it had colors and patterns. I remember one in a black and red tartan scheme.

This is from a previous post, “The real meaning of Labor Day has been blurred. It was first celebrated in the early 1880’s as a day to honor laborers, “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” The first states to recognize the day were Massachusetts, Oregon, New York, Colorado and New Jersey. It became a holiday in 1884 and was a day for parades and speeches, all meant to honor workers and the contributions of the American labor movement.”  Perhaps it’s time to bring back the real meaning of Labor Day!

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4 Comments on ““Without labor nothing prospers.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Prince cruised in last night, spend the night with us in his room where his Mickey Mouse (s) waited for him. This morning we joined the community on the traditional Paint Creek Trail bridge walk.Up North, the 61st Big Mac crossing brings thousands to the Makinac Bridge that joins our peninsulas. For us we drifted up the trail, with a few hundred and greeting familiar faces. It was lovely, friends remarked how much Him and Me look alike, 12 and 63. We had breakfast at Leo’s, and home and thought about the BBQ tonight

    I had the urge to listen to Harry Nilsson. So the boxset came out and it’s filling the airwaves.

    It’s Labor Day, enjoy the blessing of the right to work and to choose when it is a memory

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I love how The Prince is part of all your traditions. That is what he will always remember. I can only imagine how thrilled you were to find that people think the two of you look alike.

      Maybe I should just start a couple of Labor Day traditions. Years ago I used to attend a party every year but there isn’t one any more.

      I know that urge for a certain singer or perfect songs so I get the Nillson.

      I do celebrate that I could retire as young as I did. It has been 14 wonderful years.

  2. Bob Says:

    Unfortunately, the rights and benefits won by the American labor movement have been meticulously deconstructed by Republican polices such as right to work laws, anti labor organizing court decisions. Also, anti union messages on AM talk radio and Fox News have convinced many of the under employed that the culprits are minorities and immigrants and not the bosses. Last year a Republican congressman spoke glowing of entrepreneurship and building small businesses at a Labor Day rally. I think he missed the point.

    Trying to turn the tide against globalization and automation trying to bring back factory jobs is just a ruse being used by Trump and his cronies to get votes while promoting policies that help the the upper one percent at the expense of the middle class. Trickle down economics and the Laffer curve just don’t work. Watching those Republican lawmakers at Senator McCain’s memorial service Saturday was sickening. They have done nothing to stop Trump from trampling on all of the things Senator McCain stood for in his lifetime such as honor, bipartisanship and country. Sadly, Senator McCain’s passing and the Trump presidency may mark the real end of the American Century.

    I’m extremely concerned about the generstion coming up today. Not everyone can write computer code from home on a piecework basis with no benifits or work in fast food trying to get 30 hrs work at minimum wage. How can one buy a home or raise a family driving for Uber while paying off college debt? We are turning the clock back to the guilded age of the last years of the 19th century instead of looking forward to creating better education and job skills for the 21st century.

    Not as hot today with scattered showers.

    Happy Labor Day,

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Given the climate in politics today, it isn’t odd that the American worker isn’t part of the discussion. The president is in this for himself and for his cronies. They see only the bottom line. I don’t understand how his base can miss this. Look at the new tariffs. They may punish countries but that in turn is punishing American industry and American workers. Trump misses every point.

      We learned a long while back that trickle down economics and especially Gaffer curve economics don’t work. Trump has ruined America’s place and its reputation on the world stage. When I travel, I’m going to tell people I’m Canadian. I[ll practice the accent.

      I too wonder about the next few generations. The American dream used to be a house, a picket fence and a 2 car garage. Now it is just the hope of surviving, of making it check to check for so many people.

      Hot and humid here today.


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