Labor Day: A time to honor workers, past and present, and make memories

Labor Day definition: A public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.  I’ve always understood the significance of this special day because my dad, a postal worker, drilled it into me.  He was proud to be a part of the “labor movement” and shared the back story with me from a young age.

The first Labor Day parade was held on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was organized by the Central Labor Union to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, and to host a festival for the workers and their families.

And even though this holiday is a serious one and reflects the pain, disrespect, long hours and hard work our ancestors put in to survive, to me it also represents the last hurrah of summer.

Chuck and I celebrated the weekend with friends in Harbor Country in Michigan. When we were there, I noticed the shifting light off the water, the exuberant croaks from hundreds of tree frogs, the smell of the woods after a downpour and why I love this holiday so much!

It serves as both a goodbye to summer and a hello to new adventures in the fall.  It’s also a great excuse to party with friends and make more memories.

At a party in Three Oaks, the grounds and home were astounding. Picture this– A Japanese garden, peacocks with chicks, a lake with swans, an exquisite home that belongs in every design magazine, fresh food out of the gardens, treasured antiques, hanging lanterns, grilling on fire pits, crickets, a full moon….and so much more. The evening was surreal in its beauty.

A dear friend hosted us at his magnificent home on the lake. Again, beauty and serenity everywhere you looked. A sunset to cry over, meals prepared with love, cocktails and laughter shared on the terrace, soothing music, comfy decor with beloved antiques, funny and thoughtful friends……sigh.

Labor Day weekend is a chance to make memories as well as honor those who labored to make this day possible.  I’m acknowledging both and feel very lucky, as Bruce Springsteen says, to be ” born in the U.S.A.”

Hope you’re having a good one, too!

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