Labor Day Weekend – it’s time to wrap up summer activity, watch the sun rise a little later and the sun set a little earlier, and firm up autumn schedules. But what about Labor Day? During my Saturday long run, I mused over its meaning. What is Labor Day beyond serving as one of the anchors of our summer season? Having worked in the labor force for some 40-odd years, I should have something worthwhile to say on the subject.
I am incredibly grateful for every job that I loved (those that were truly a labor of love) and just as grateful for those I didn’t love because there was always something to be learned. From car-hop to white collar, I think I did everything but retail. (Likely, I didn’t have that friendly,outgoing “may I help you” attitude retailers look for.) I had jobs that sounded important but weren’t, jobs that were important but didn’t sound so, jobs that sounded important and were.
I am also grateful for those sometimes-maligned regulations that gave me a safe workplace regardless of the position I held. Through changing careers and jobs, all that labor took place in a safe working environment. Good for me, because my physical well-being was not compromised. I remain healthy enough as a retiree to go out and run, bike, hike, travel, volunteer, and take on some interesting challenges.
My running stream of conscience on that long stretch brought me to the conclusion that the time I take to consider where and how my running purchases are manufactured and the safety of the employees who make them is my small payback for the good fortune that was mine, to have a lifetime of workplace safety.
Yes, I’m one of those consumers who hit the “contact” button on the website and fire off a pleasant enough email making inquiries before I buy that ever-so-cute running skirt or the new headlamp. I’ve learned a lot from the responses.
So after such musings on the Saturday long run, a Labor Day Run for the Flag 5K was for fun and good health, to be a small part of a fundraiser, enjoy the outdoors, some post-race watermelon, and time with running friends.
Wishing you a happy end to your Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy that last summer picnic. I hope your work life, your running and your autumn are all fulfilling and healthy.