Labor Day And A Salute To My Grandfather

image from International Harvester Tractors

credit, International Harvester Tractors

Labor Day was always a welcomed holiday, even as a student when I didn’t really have a job to speak of.  It marked the unofficial end to summer, and the last of the family vacations for the year.  I have since come to know Labor Day was first celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City as a celebration and tribute to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the American worker.

Though these are tough economic times, the spirit of the American worker should continue to be celebrated, and in particular, those farm workers who labor to bring us fruits, vegetables, grains, and other crops that help compose the fabric of our lives.  Farm hands and other agricultural workers are seasonal workers, which means in the off-season, they need to figure out how to make ends meet. My grandfather was one of those workers who worked from before the sun rose, until long after it set.  He worked the cotton fields of the Mississippi delta, and would come home covered in dust and thoroughly exhausted, only to do the same thing all over again the next day.

Today, my grandfather is retired from farming, but I’ll take this opportunity anyway to salute him and all those farmers and field hands whose hard work seem to make our lives just that much better.  Happy Labor Day to you.

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