I remember the early morning of having a Coney Island breakfast, and then making our way downtown to mark with my Grandpa’s fellow union brothers and sisters. Then when I became of age and started working, it was different walk. I was walking for my rights as well as the rights of my fellow union brothers and sisters. I have found memories of hot dogs and music back at the union hall.
This year will look a little different. However my traditions will still live on. Here is how I plan to celebrate Labor Day even when parades are not going to be a thing.
I’m going to get up early and make myself the hot cakes and some fried potatoes. Then I’m going to take my cup of coffee and sit at my kitchen table and remember what this day means. For a girl who’s grandpa was chairman of his local it means workers rights and working hard to create the life that you want.
Then around the time we would have walked (always starting late because you know organization of crowed of people is hard) I am going to hook my dog up and we are going to walk. No it won’t be the same as it would be with all the people downtown, but it will still mean the same in my heart.
After the walk I’m going to pull out the sprinkler for my pup and baby sister. And I’m going to heat up my grill and cook some hotdogs. We will eat and listen to music. We will dance and sing and play in the water. Then we will have an ice cream and enjoy the last day of a beautiful Michigan summer day.
At the end of the night after it’s all cleaned up, I’m going to pull out my clothes for work. I’m going to pack up my lunch for the next day and I’m going to take on another year.
Here is to all the hard working Americans. I hope you too take some time with your friends and family on Labor Day (responsibly of course). Yes it’ll look a little different this year but we can still make it fun and remember what the day stands for. All of us who keep America moving!