Monday, September 6, 2021
Word for the Week
Definition of Labor: work hard; make great effort."they labored from dawn to dusk"
He was like a father to me, so having lived with him as a young child I remember him trudging home each evening quite dusty and tired from the apple orchard. He would find a beer in the frig, sit for awhile in his rocker, then head to his desk to do paperwork and smoke his pipe. He labored quite peacefully surrounded by his apple trees and bee hives.
As a single mom, my mother labored with joy at being mother to myself and my younger sister. She also found small jobs struggling to put food on our table and a roof over our head. Her dream was to be a mom and wife, but reality was that she must also work in an office each day.
This morning as I was thinking about what word to share I realized it was Labor Day here in the US.
Beside thinking of laboring on a job I thought as women that have had babies we worked hard to bring forth that child. It was a great effort with much reward, but at sometimes unsung heroes.
Beside bringing forth a baby, maybe we labored at a piece of art or a beautiful home cooked meal.
When I asked my "live-in gardener" what he thinks of when considering the word labor he said "labor unions". His father was a dedicated labor union man and he constantly honored and talked of the hard working men around him.
Of course we are honoring all those that work hard in the work place; but there are so many ways of laboring. What can you think of?
No pretty, colorful pictures today. I am thinking of those that have come before us and labored to make our country what it is today. Yes. it has it's problems, but we shall grow on the shoulders of those that have labored.
Happy Labor Day!
Have a terrific week!