Muse for Monday

Labor Day is one of my favorite holidays. It is the day set aside to celebrate the hard work which makes our country produce food, services, products and ideas.

If you got the chance to take part in Labor Sunday, you celebrated a tradition falling from public view in more modern times. Traditionally, Labor Sunday is set aside to celebrate the educational and religious contributions to the GNP.

On Monday, some people roll out of bed for the morning parades and the speeches. Many are not so concerned with the organized merry making, opting instead to celebrate the end of summer with last minute family vacations or retreats before the summer recess is over.

The great American love of barbecue is courted. Families enjoy picnics and parties. Voyeurs and pyromaniacs alike share in the delight of fireworks come nightfall.

Join Mantra in a look into the American celebration of the hard working American labor force.

Town Celebration

A vibrant flag waves in the breeze.
The sound of popping canvas
Puts a playful cadence in the air.
Children play on the sprawling lawn
At the feet of soapstone statues.
Blankets are spread out here and there.
Sundressed social butterflies
Tango and waltz sidewalks with ease.

Men toss balls back and forth with sons,
Careful of cars parked on the drive.
Soft billowing smoke curls around
The bandstand, mixing with music.
It’s nearly time to gather ’round
For the mayor’s speech to the town.
Barbecue smiles pant oohs and aahs
For fireworks. Labor Day’s done.



How do you celebrate Labor Day? Are you celebrating your own labor?Β 

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
Bear, Red & all the cubs.

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  1. I am celebrating this labor day as always…by doing no labor. What is that honey? Oh got to go clean the cat litter.
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  2. I am celebrating Labor Day. First, I went out to coffee with friends this morning. Then I took a four hour nap (no sweat there!) and tonight I will play cards with friends……I will be able to see the fireworks from my place, but I don’t like large crowds, so don’t join in any organized celebrating. Being retired, I can celebrate all those in the workforce who are keeping the gears turning on the economy, and feel for those whose only dream is of having a job.
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  3. I’ve always hated Labor Day. The reasons have changed over the years, but it’s all the same. Even when was “lucky” enough to have it off. Today, working as usual. I don’t think I’ve spent one 24-hour period not writing in 18 months …. and counting.
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  4. I didn’t realize some of the back story of Labor Day. I just find it ironic that we call it Labor Day and then don’t work. (well some of us) It makes more sense the way you explained it here. Although, I did do some house cleaning, painting and fishing with the kids. That is all work .(almost)
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  5. The end of summer and back to school was what Labour Day always meant to me. I always hated it because I wanted summer to last forever.
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    • There are loads who want summer to stay around. I look forward to fall. It is my favorite time of the year. Where I come from, though, there are only two seasons…summer and fall.

  6. We don’t have Labour day here in the UK, Just Bank Holidays! πŸ™‚

    As usual the last one was a day of heavy rain…

    Love and hugs!

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  7. Hello Red!

    I didn’t realise it is the end of summer for you. Oh pity – it’s the start of Spring here in Australia! πŸ™‚ Loving that fresh sense in the air…

    I don’t celebrate my own labour, no, because it doesn’t produce anything but rent & food. My labour on the blog & videos though, I do celebrate that, yes. Feels good.
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    • Ah, you should celebrate the production of food and shelter. It means you are not dependent on others to provide for you!

  8. Celebrate? Well I always thought Labor Day just meant the end of summer and back to school – not much for a kid to celebrate and now – well my kids have been in school for a month and a half – so its a day off that they need.. and bbq – there is nothing of the tradition of Lobor Day that works here…. the pools are still open for another been in school.. fall won’t even look like it until beginning of Oct. sigh. We ate hot dogs. (kinda funny huh?)
    Oh – and people still wear white shoes after Labor Day here ..the horrors… πŸ˜•
    Hope you had a great day and enjoyed your weekend.
    Litsa love and hugs
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    • Labor Day – not labor say …, yeah its MMonday in my head… πŸ˜›
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    • I have white shoes to wear for Christmas. Phooey on no white after Labor Day. That went out with pill hats and afternoon tea gloves. Like I was telling Binky, where I am from there are only two seasons. Year before last, we were home, and my children were swimming at Thanksgiving. We both live too far south for the back-to-school after Labor Day. They only do that far north of here. <3

  9. A lot of labour unrest in these parts. Lots of angry people because the government is freezing wages. I’m retired but still sympathetic. Hope my family isn’t affected.

    Usually, we think of this holiday as end of summer and BBQ time before the school year starts. For the past five years, we’ve celebrated, with as many family members not away, my younger granddaughter’s birthday, which falls on August 30th.
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    • Labor Day is nearly the end of the birthday parade around here as well. We are all finished (with all but one of the children) by the end of September. I love a reason to get the family together.

  10. Labour is what you make of it. A labour of love isn’t work, is it? We should be celebrating our ability to work, not the irksome details. It is inherently smarter more logical to pursue an occupation one appreciates; grasping frantically at any opportunity to have a day off like Labour day suggests the wrong occupation has been consuming one’s short life. “:)) That being said, “We like holidays”. haha!
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    • You are quite right. Some of the best occupations I have had were the ones which were natural and never felt like a job. I made a point during my career to switch careers when work become a job. πŸ˜‰ And I love holidays!


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