Labor Day, once observed as a day to acknowledge our nation’s workers, has transcended into a last hurrah and final farewell to summer.
We take to the shores for a day of sun and surf, or seize the opportunity to gather with friends and family for a grand finale of backyard barbecues before autumn’s cooling breezes cast the warmth of summer sun aside.
What images come to your mind while planning this holiday weekend?
Some children have already gone back to school. For others, Labor Day is a prelude to doomsday and the back-to-school dread is imminent. Teachers, whose duties commenced in August, are craving a weekend respite from the newest group of precocious pupils in their charge.
Beach goers baste themselves with the last drop of sun block as they grasp for one more dose of ultraviolet browning, while swimmers dodge waves one more time before the perilous surf of hurricane season threatens. Beachside bandstands feature the last of their concerts to celebrate summer’s end.
There are barbecues and picnics in backyards and parks. These opportunities give rise to family reunions and corporate gatherings. Such outdoor activity is embraced with the faulty notion that temperatures plummet to blizzard conditions on the following day.
Barbecues, however, are continually enjoyed well into the fall season as we huddle around the fire. Picnics give way to pre-football game tailgate parties. One notable difference may be that the backyard barbecue features a final splash in the pool before the relief of no longer having to maintain it sets in.
Whatever images come to mind, savor the last of summer’s offerings as you usher out one season to welcome the next. Labor Day is the final opportunity to experience summer days as you bid them a fitting farewell.