It’s ironic that on a day set aside to celebrate the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country”, many workers will not be at home celebrating. They’ll be at work! Instead of a day of parades and picnics we’ve turned the day into the second biggest shopping frenzy of the year. As someone who once worked every holiday and nearly every weekend in retail, I can tell you that most cashiers and sales clerks won’t be on duty Monday just because they have nothing else to do. They’re more likely working because they have no choice or they’re getting a little extra money. If you are out shopping Monday please be patient and kind. My husband will be one of those laboring.
Of course Labor Day is a reminder that I have to start shopping for Christmas. Please don’t tell me how few weekends there are between now and then. Ignorance is sometimes best.
Labor Day was once the day that marked the end of summer fashion. I remember reading in the Sunday paper that people weren’t supposed to wear white after Labor Day, and women were certainly not supposed to walk around in white shoes. I was lucky to wear any color I had! When I was a kid I usually owned two pairs of shoes: one for school and one for Sunday. The rest of the time I was bare-footed.
Labor Day is also a frantic freeway day! Please, please be careful out there as you head back home after whatever you do. Stay safe!
(The photo was taken during my Macy’s days.)