Officially, Labor Day is a holiday dedicated to America’s workers, and the impact they have on the success of our nation. It was adopted at a time when major changes were being made in the workforce, allowing for higher wages, better benefits, and shorter hours.
Unofficially, Labor Day also marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. The air (usually) starts to feel a bit crisper, the leaves start to darken, and the kids head back to school.
For me, it marks the start of my favorite time of year. I love summer, don’t get me wrong, but the thing I missed the most when I lived in warmer climates was autumn in the northeastern US. The air is still warm in the daytime, but the temperatures get a bit cooler after dark. School sports gear back up. We can hear marching bands practice from our home. College and NFL football come back, and MLB gets ready for the playoffs.
I love the flavors and scents of fall–apple and pumpkin baked goods, chili, and lots of comfort foods, and don’t forget Starbucks fall latte’s! But, I think the best part of fall is the colors. No longer are the trees simply green. Instead, they are taken over by red, orange, purple, and yellow. The vibrant colors of mums are the perfect complement.
As much as I love fall, my favorite part of Labor Day is spending time with family. As I was growing up, we always spent Labor Day with a group of my parents closest friends that I will always consider a part of my family. As all of the “kids” have gotten older, many of us with children of our own now, we find those Labor Day get-togethers have become a bit more difficult.
Yesterday, for the first time in several years, we all came together for a big Labor Day picnic (with the exception of two amazing people, who we know were there in spirit). Three generations, all together, laughing and reminiscing, thankful to be able to spend that time together. And it just doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂