Happy Labor Day. Great holiday. People get time off from work. No pre-holiday shopping for gifts, no need for fasting, no getting all dressed up and going to church, temple, or wherever one may worship. No need to give up favorite foods or activities, no sacrificing turkeys or purchasing rabbits that will lose their novelty after a few weeks (or days!). Labor Day. Simply a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
For most of us, Labor Day is just a day to kick back and relax. A day to appreciate the fruits of our labor. No bills. LOTS of great sales. An opportunity to cook up some of our favorite all American foods. If Memorial Day sort of marks the start of “summer,” Labor Day ends it. If school hasn’t started where you live, there is a good chance it will tomorrow. Many will have their last hurrah with their swimming pools, and then close them up till…Memorial Day.
Labor Day, for me, will always be about the annual telethon to help people with Muscular Dystrophy. At 15 I volunteered as a counselor at one of their summer camps. That was the summer that impacted my life forever. At 19 I went to work at their national headquarters in NYC. Labor Day became a long, long day (weekend) of laboring for me, “staying up all night with Jerry.” Of all the very famous, the famous want-to-bes and not so famous people I met, it was the children stricken with the disease that made the most impact on me and still stand out in my mind, so many years later.
I NEVER take for granted my healthy muscles. My kids healthy muscles. YOUR healthy muscles. I hope that you don’t take them for granted, either. If you are home today, flip through the channels and take just a few minutes to watch a little of the telethon. If you have an extra buck or two (and I know how hard that is in these tough economic times) I hope you will make a small donation. Having witnessed where the money goes, I can promise it’s a worthy cause.
Labor Day remains a working holiday for me. TFC is closed today and Bally has cancelled today’s classes, but I am off to train some clients. Having the day off just wouldn’t feel right to me, but I’ll be home early to celebrate with Mitch, cook up some yummy food on the grill, watch some of the telethon and as always be incredibly thankful.
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