Monday, September 01, 2008

Labor Day

What does Labor Day mean to you? Is it to celebrate the working man and woman or a last trip to the beach before most schools start their fall session.

Samuel Gompers on Labor Day
Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country. All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man's prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day...is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.

Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor

Labor Day to me means a lot because it was really LABOR DAY for me almost 34 years ago. That's when my beautiful first daughter came into the world. It was a very momentous occasion. I had wanted a baby for so long and there she was. All 6lbs 2ozs of her. She was 18 1/2 inches long and the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. I had toxemia and they wouldn't let me touch her before they whisked her away to the nursery. She was born on Saturday and I didn't get to see her until Wednesday, when they finally felt I was well enough for a trip to the nursery. She blew me away. I feel so lucky to have her in my life along with her other three sisters. I'm truly blessed. You always have your ups and downs when you are raising your children but I can truthfully say that I've never regretted having children. They have taught me along the way as I was teaching them. Now I have 4 wonderful grandchildren that I wish I could see more often, but I love to talk to them on the phone and see all their pictures. When we do get to visit them, it brings us great joy.
Hug your kids today and show them how much you love them on this sweet holiday.

1 comment:

mtnstr1954 said...

I'd love to post some Italy pictures, but I'm not sure how! I'll try to work on it this weekend. My oldest son was born around Labor Day (the 3rd), it's special for me, too.