Monday, September 6, 2010

Happy Monday! It's Labor Day!

"There is no real wealth but the labor of man."
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

"If a laborer were to dream for twelve hours every night that he was a king, I believe he would be almost as happy as a king who should dream for twelve hours every night that he was a laborer." ~ Blaise Pascal

"People do not cooperate under the division of labor because they love or should love one another. They cooperate because this best serves their own interests."
~ Ludwig von Mises

- I should have packed some food into this..
~ and set out for a final day here!!...

Happy Labor Day! A little History of Labor Day

Labor Day....President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day to be the first Monday of September...

Labor It is a yearly national tribute to honor the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Most companies celebrate this holiday..

There is some confusion as to who first suggested a day to honor the labor of man..
with a holiday for workers..

Some say that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co founder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those workers.. But Peter McGuire's place in Labor Day history has been Challenged... Many believe that Matthew Maguire.. a machinist actually founded the holiday. Either way.. it is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The very first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, following the plans of the Central Labor Union. Many workers left their jobs and marched in a street parades and picnicked around town.. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883...

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday.. the Central Labor Union urged the Unions in other cities to join New York in celebration of a "working man's holiday" on that day. The idea spread as labor organizations continued to be formed and by 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country... Labor Day was founded when many in America worked 16 hour days in harsh work environments.. The workers demanded time to rest and better working conditions.. It was a day to recognize the challenges and the rights of workers...

Many other countries celebrate May Day a holiday very similar to our Labor Day, dedicated to workers' rights.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.. Even though I don't have an actual job I have labored all day today.. I have cooked and fed animals and people.. I have done laundry and entertained guests.. I have walked dogs and played hide and seek with puppies.. I have held off a mama and returned the babies to my chosen spot twice.. Apparently the new mama doesn't want children touching her pups.. I have washed dishes and faces.. I am thinking that I should have jumped up this morning and hurried to the beach.. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.. I welcome comments.. Happy Labor Day to you!


May Day

dancing butterflies
drink their fill of rich nectar
beribboned maids dance

Written By: Patricia Sawyer



words spill from the pen
imaginations paintbrush~
thoughts drawn on paper

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


1 comment:

SmilingSally said...

I'm catching up with my Blue Monday greetings.

Happy 1st Blue Monday, Patricia! Check out my book giveaway.