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.