Sunday, September 4, 2016

Labor Day—#OpenBook Blog Hop

This week on the Blog Hop, we're talking about Labor Day. To me, it's always marked the end of summer.

As a kid, school never started until after Labor Day. Although I liked school, it always seemed like summer wasn't long enough. There were still hills to climb and bikes to ride and nights to spend sitting on the front porch listening to the whippoorwill calling down in the valley and watching the fireflies flash among the willow trees. I feel bad for today's youth, who start school in the middle of August. It feels like they are getting cheated.

As an adult, I no longer have the free time to spend my summers in pursuit of wild huckleberries or trying to track down the ends of elusive summer rainbows. I have duties and responsibilities and a paycheck to earn, by gum. I must prove that I'm a productive member of society. When I manage to slip away to the mountains on a weekend, no one needs to know that I spent time watching the clouds form pictures while pretending to try to catch a fish.

In the mountains, Fall comes early. Much earlier than the official date of September 22nd. In fact, I'd have to say it has already arrived. There's been snow in the mountains and we've had to turn on the heater several nights. We're taking bets on when the first snow will fall where we will live. I've seen in snow as early as mid-September.

So it's fair to say that Labor Day really does mark the end of summer. The leaves on the trees are already starting to show a change in color. It's time to pack away the shorts and throw another blanket on the bed. The extra day off work will be used to cut the grass one more time and do housework that was neglected all summer long.

What does Labor Day mean to you? You can share your thoughts in the comments. And if you click on the links below, you can find out what other authors think.

Sept. 5 - Labor Day - What does it mean to you or how do you celebrate?
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