Thanks to Those Who Labor
Relaxing on Labor Day, or any major US holiday for that matter, is often taken for granted by a number of people. Our assumed “right” to a 5-day workweek, 6-10 paid holidays per year, and the relative certainty that one will be off for the all-important weekend activities, has become an expectation of many – particularly those who work in “knowledge jobs.”
So on this Labor Day – my thanks and appreciation goes out to those who are making MY day off particularly enjoyable:
- the clerks at the bakery down the street (where I will be going since I forgot to pick up some accompaniments to our Labor Day brisket)
- the folks working at the bait shop where my husband and his pal stopped for bait this morning on their way to the fishing hole (aka Lake Pontchartrain)
- the waitresses at the restaurant where they stopped, I am sure, for breakfast
- the workers at various manufacturing facilities, chemical plants and refineries around town – they work 24/7/365 and keep our local economy moving
- the hospital workers, police, firefighters and other municipal staff who keep us safe – no matter the day
Having worked in health care, manufacturing and other 24/7/365 operations, I long ago gave up the notion of guaranteed-holidays-off. And I long ago developed a deep appreciation for those who work on holidays.
So thanks to the American Worker .. no matter how you labor.
And that’s what I’ve learned today. You’ve been schooled.