“Without labor nothing prospers.”

Sorry for the lateness of the day. I have spent the morning going through pictures and memories of Ghana. A former volunteer is making a film about Peace Corps, and I was one of the interviewees which brings us to today. He is still finishing my part so I had to choose pictures, describe the pictures, send corrected spellings of names and also send shots of my house, school and town. It has taken a while.

Today is another gift. The sun is wonderfully bright in a blue sky and a breeze is keeping the house cool. The doors and windows are open. That means Jack’s nails are getting caught in the screen, and Henry is barking at the slightest noise, even a car door closing a few blocks away. I put him outside yesterday to save the delivery guy and me. He doesn’t come in the dog door. He only goes out is what I would have told you yesterday. So anyway, I put him out when there guy came and guess what, he came right back inside the dog door.

Today I have an empty dance card. I don’t even have enough dirty clothes to do laundry, and I can’t go to the dump as it is closed today for the holiday. I think I’ll do nothing.

Today was the unofficial end of summer when I was a kid because the first day of school was always the dreaded Tuesday after Labor Day. Beyond school, I never knew the significance of Labor Day when I was a kid. I never knew it was a day to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. 

“This Labor Day, let’s thank all those who’ve kept our country going this year—nurses, teachers, delivery drivers, food service workers, and many more. We can honor them by building our system back even better—so that essential workers are treated like it, pandemic or not.” Barack Obama

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

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Labor Day is my least favorite holiday because it marks the end of the summer and the beginning of the rush to buy gifts for the religious celebrations that we’ve substituted for the Roman holiday Saturnalia. 🙂 Hopefully, this holiday season we can celebrate the discovery of a vaccine for the pandemic. Already, the rain last week and the slightly cooler temperatures has turned my swimming pool from a warm bath into cooler waters. Today the sky is blue and the temperature is back in the low 90° range.

    In our family I understood the true meaning of Labot Day because my father was involved in unionizing the wholesale shoe business in NYC in the late 1930s. He was a member of the CIO. Unfortunately, organized labor has taken a beating between free trade and Republican administrations. A couple of years ago, a local Republican congressman spoke at a Labor Day celebration and his entire speech was centered solely on the work of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

    Since moving I have been working sitting on a folding chair. Today we bought a proper office chair because my brain was hurting from sitting on a hard surface. 🙂 The salesman told us that there has been a rush on office chairs this summer. As a matter of fact, the customer before us bought the same chair. It was on sale today. This may be known as the year of the home office.

    Thanks, for the quote from President Obama. This year we especially need to thank those who saved lives or kept us safe during the pandemic. It will be interesting to see what the current occupant of the White House will say today. He has a long term disdain for the working man and for labor unions. 🙁 The current location of Trump Tower on fifth avenue in NYC, was the location of the former Bonwit Teller department store. Trump didn’t hire a local unionized firm to demolish the store. Instead, he imported non union temporary workers from Eastern Europe and didn’t provide them with proper legal safety equipment. When the job was done, he then screwed them out of their already low wages.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Today was lovely the whole day. The breeze kept my house cool. I buy Christmas presents all year including sales after Christmas. I probably have well over half my gifts already brought. I love to find just the right gifts. My mother always said buy it when you see it as it may not be there if you go back.

      My father was a salesman so no union. My grandfather was part of a union. He worked at the rail yard.

      Most of my friends are all retired so no at home offices. I have a desk but use it more for storage than anything else. I never had an office chair. I always did most of my work at the big table in my den.

      He is so right that we need to treat these people as essential, not just because of Covid but because they are essential.

      Your Trump tale is not surprising. He is known for screwing people who worked for him or sold him goods. His defense is the goods were inferior, but he used them. Another lie!

      • Bob Says:

        The story came from a biography of Trump written by his ghost writer for the book “The Art of the Deal” Tony Schwartz. Besides being a lier and a cheater, he’s also an unethical businessman.

        Here’s a link to an article about the change in the weather for Denver for tomorrow.


      • katry Says:

        I remember reading about the guy who provided all the pianos for Trump’s resort. Trump didn’t pay. He was asked several times. He finally offered 50 cents on the dollar. The guy said it would cause him to go bankrupt.

        My sister lives in Colorado. I was so surprised when I talked to her on Sunday. It was in the low 80’s but would drop to the 30’s. She was getting snow but didn’t know how much.

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