The fishing expedition is over. Lunch is done. How apropos to begin again on Labor Day. There’s something a little oxymoronish about Labor Day being a day of no labor. Over the centuries this day of no labor includes some fun facts.
Labor Day was said to have first been celebrated in Toronto, Canada in 1872. It spread to the U.S. and was first celebrated in New York City in 1882. It became an national holiday in Canada in 1894 and in the U. S. in 1892.
Over the decades Labor Day has marked the end of summer and day before the start of school.
Football season has started around the Labor Day weekend.
This next one is a real thing. Honest. Labor Day is declared the end of hot dog season by the National Council of Hot Dogs and Sausages. According to this council hot dog season begins Memorial Day and ends Labor Day. So, are people eating contraband hot dogs the remaining months of the year? BTW, Joey Chestnut, did you make the deadline?
Memo to fashionistas: White is no longer taboo after labor Day. It is now all colors any time, all the time.
A final yummy fact is that on Labor Day in 1955 the first waffle house opened it’s doors to the public in Avondale Estates, Georgia.
The day after Labor Day has been a new beginning in many areas of life. However, like everything else over the past 6 months, the day after will not be quite the same.
Psychologist and author, Angela Duckworth explains how research shows that human beings are built for fresh starts. We are sensitive to cues that prompt us to change our routines. And we capitalize on them by setting new goals, disrupting bad habits, and with optimism and energy, moving forward.
Her advice in this strange and challenging time is to repeat rituals, even when they aren’t strictly necessary. The idea is to do what it takes to maintain a semblance of normalcy the best we can. Okay, now let’s have some waffles. Or, if you prefer, a black market hot dog.