I hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend. My husband had to work on Labor Day, which made me think back to all of the times I worked on holidays. I spent 10 years in the retail/grocery industry and had a knack for choosing employers that were open 365 days a year, a few of them 24 hours a day.
I don’t think I had a Christmas off between the time I entered the industry until I left it. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and so many other holidays were simply workdays for me. While my family didn’t like it, they saved me a plate from their celebrations and told me what I’d missed.
I had no plate to save my husband because I didn’t participate in a celebration this year. I slept in until 7:30 a.m., did some laundry, watered my plants, washed some dishes, went grocery shopping for my house and my mom’s, and then went to visit Mom and deliver her groceries. My sister joined us for an hour or so, and we discussed the upcoming holiday season, for which I’m grateful to have the certainty of time off work. I came back home in time to write Ozarks Maven, work on judging some writing contests, and make dinner.
While my Labor Day wasn’t anything exciting, I cherished the time off. I was able to visit with some loved ones and catch up on a few chores at my leisure. Those things make me feel calm and rested. My typical Monday is usually rushed and stressful, whereas this one has been laid back and pleasant.
Therefore, I would like thank everyone who worked this past Labor Day, from the cashier who rang me up at Walmart to all of the police, fire, EMS, military, retail, food service, air traffic, ground transportation, and all others who miss holiday time with their families and friends due to their jobs. Thank you!
Whether you worked this holiday weekend or not, I wish you love, health, and safety.
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