Ahhhh yes, Labor Day. The first Monday in September is a national Holiday– a result of the Labor movement and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a day in which we pay tribute to the employed citizens of our great Nation. It is also day to go shopping for holiday sales, to buy things we don’t need, to finish buying last-minute school supplies, and to endure annoying car dealership commercials “slashing prices all week long!” Labor Day represents the tentative end of summer, when friends and families come together for a beer filled, barbecue, and one last dive in the pool.
This labor day brought an unaffected percentage of unemployed Americans, at 9.1 % of the total population (minus the non-labor force) which has remained stagnant since April 2011. At 14 million people, plenty of Americans celebrated the economic achievements of American workers with no possibility of viable work in sight. Hoorah!
I celebrated Labor day by the pool, with my family, eating awesome food, and drinking a lot of beer; As the party came to a close, some of us were sitting around the table under the pavilion, sharing stories about one-another and drinking more beer. Somehow, I got my hands on a can of snuff that someone left on the table. Under the watchful guidance of our friend, Brad, I stuffed my lower lip full of sticky tobacco while the ladies at the table cringed in disgust.
In a brazen attempt to ‘show off’ and a in flagrant display of beer-induced idiocy, I managed to sit there, stone-faced, and trying not to swallow the residual spit. I’m pretty sure it made a few people gag, but at least now I can say I tried snuff. It was on my “bucket list.”
The rest of the night was a little hazy and I obviously couldn’t drive, so when I woke up the next day I was glad it was dreary and rainy. I don’t know if most people celebrate Labor Day on Sunday and then sleep through Monday but it seems befitting when most people have the day off.
It’s ironic that American’s celebrate employment and the land of opportunity by taking the day off, as if to say, “…and for your commitment to the workforce, your place of employment, and/ or money-making endeavors, we are giving you…one day off!” I’d bet some percent of those 14 million people out there would gladly trade that privilege for one days worth of work and a viable paycheck. Unless they’re receiving unemployment, workers compensation, or featured on that series, “Real Housewives.” Now I’d bet those ladies know how to throw a real Labor Day Party!