“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~Ovid – Publius Ovidius Naso (43 BC – 17 AD) Roman poet known to the English-speaking world as Ovid

I have celebrated, observed, enjoyed and sometimes received holiday pay for Labor Day most of my life. I assume that even when I was a young sprite that I did something on Labor Day – I just have no memory of it.

Until today, I had no idea what this holiday was really about – although I certainly was able to guess that it had something to do with work based on the title.  For those of you in the USA that are similarly lacking in knowledge, and others outside the USA that have interest, here is some information gleaned from the internet: Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September. The holiday originated in 1882 as the Central Labor Union (of New York City) sought to create “a day off for the working citizens”. Congress made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894. All fifty states have made Labor Day a state holiday. Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.

So, what are doing this labor day holiday? Me – I am taking advantage of the fact that I now live near family – we are going to see my 85 year old mother.  My mother is a hoot; she is a true matriach for my family.  I hope to be as wise and energetic as she is someday.

May you enjoy your day and rest deeply.  Tomorrow we get back to work – our dreams are waiting!

Till next time…Jack

“Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference.” ~Mignon McLaughlin (June 6, 1913 – December 20, 1983) was an American journalist and author