Labor Day Is Here by Mary Simonsen
It’s Labor Day! Hurrah! The kids are back in school. In the North, there is a hint of fall in the air, and the leaves are thinking about changing colors. In Arizona, where I live, we can say, “Next month is October, and summer will finally be over!”
As a coal miner’s great granddaughter and the granddaughter of a mule driver in eastern Pennsylvania’s hard-coal country (see photo at right), and someone who has researched just how bad (and dangerous) it was earning a living “down in the hole,” I consider Labor Day to be more than just a reason to have picnics or for politicians to glad hand their constituents. However, in celebration of all those who labor, I am prepared to enjoy a cold Guinness and to eat Polish sausage, macaroni salad, cole slaw, baked beans, etc. with my fellow Americans.
For all those who labor, enjoy your day of rest. Be careful driving, use sun screen, and watch the kiddies around the water.
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