Sitting across from my daughter at the dinner table, I asked her what she was thinking about.
“I’m thinking about Laser Day,” she said.
“You mean Labor Day,” I said.
“Oh yeah, Labor Day – cause it’s the United States of America,” she said.
To my daughter, Labor Day means that Mommy doesn’t have to work and we can all go to the beach and play Barbie. To others, it may highlight the lack of jobs – emphasized by those who are opting to place an empty chair in their lawns – or, it may make some of us think about what it means to do our jobs.
But for most of us, Labor Day is simply a day to celebrate both the social and economic contributions of workers, past and present, and the official end of summer. Barbecues, fireworks, picnics, and parties will abound to honor those working moms and dads who are trying to give their children a better life.
Labor Day is also a day of great sales and shopping (*Special Note to my Dear Husband: This Mommy’s bed is in need of a new mattress!*). Just saying …
Invite family and friends over for a barbeque today, or look for family-friendly, local events to participate in. And after you’ve explained the meaning of Labor Day to your children, ask them to decorate your house in a way that will help everyone get into the celebrating mood!
We let our daughter decorate. I have to tell you this, so you’ll understand why the mermaid in our bathroom has an American flag hanging out of her tail.
How are you celebrating today? Share your Labor Day activities and opinions with us!
What do you think? Ways to Celebrate on Labor Day