Summer’s Last Holiday
By Ralphine Major
I never thought of it as a patriotic holiday until someone called it to my attention. Though it is somewhat different than Memorial Day and Fourth of July, what could be more American than a holiday celebrating our nation’s workers? Laborers from all walks of life from truckers, teachers, doctors, restaurant workers, and many others work tirelessly to make this country great.
The national holiday in early September, Labor Day signals an end to the carefree activities of summer and the beginning of fall. Summer’s green leaves, grass, and hayfields ripe for cutting soon come to an end. Gardens that have produced bushels of fresh fruits and vegetables must wait for next year’s spring planting. Labor Day was once associated with the start of school; but many school calendars have changed, and schools are already in session. State fairs are taking place across the country as well as the long-awaited harvest festivals with lots of pumpkins, apple cider, and molasses. Cool mornings and warm days are gradually replacing the hot, humid summertime weather. Enjoy the moment of this season with its beauty and warmth. Before long, it will give way to winter’s snows. Happy harvest time and have a blessed Labor Day Weekend!
Words of Faith selected by Rada Rolison: “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.” Isaiah 58:8 (KJV).