As I awoke to a no-work, no-school, no-mail, do-nothing US government Monday holiday, I didn’t feel so giddy.  My love was up before the roosters preparing to head to the station.

Am I grateful that he is a dedicated firefighter who loves what he does?  Absolutely.

Is it nice that today is over time pay?  Of course.

But it doesn’t change the fact that the kids and I will celebrate the last day of summer without him.  It just seems so ironic.   I’ll head into to work tomorrow morning and be asked

“What did you do for the 3-day weekend?”

My answer will start with

“Well my husband worked Friday and Monday.  And we had to drive 2 cars to the out of town soccer tournament so he could get back in time.”

I’m grateful for Wednesday when he’ll get to be home with our youngest while I go to work and we can avoid daycare.

And being a 9-5er myself, I can totally understand the freedom that comes with a 3 day weekend.  Corporate jobs can really suck the life out of you.

So it’s just today that I ask you to all to think about the American Laborers.  Who can’t rely on traditional daycare hours. Who work lots of holidays without a choice.   And who will labor through this weekend with a little extra work to ensure the celebrations are top notch.

The best way you can honor them is by simply recognizing their labor on a day like today.  And recognizing their families who will celebrate without them.

Here’s to the American Laborer.

For some more reading

The following two tabs change content below.
Firefighter Wife on a mission to save fire marriages, nurture and encourage other fire wives and love on Jesus, my firefighter and our 4 kids. Blessed to be leading this amazing community of Fire Wives.

Latest posts by Lori Mercer - WifeOnFire (see all)