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Labor Day

For all my PP friends here in the US, may I wish you a Happy Labor Day.

As I remember, Labor Day was a day set aside to honor the laborers of America for their labor by granting them a day off from laboring at those labors. So the appropriate way to honor America's laborers for their labor today would be by performing no labor today.

My father, who has an odd sense of humor, once told me when I was a young boy and my mother was about to give birth to my baby sister that my mother was going to be in trouble for having the baby in April when the government had specified all women expecting children were supposed to go into labor on the first Monday in September every year. "After all," he explained, "why do you think it's called Labor Day?"

My mother, who was two weeks over due with my baby sister at the time, was not amused.

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markgraham wrote on September 7, 2015, 10:17 AM

For women that is the hardest labor of all and it is a good thing that once it is over all the mother feels is love.

msiduri wrote on September 7, 2015, 11:18 AM

Back in the day, we had to work Labor Day or get holiday pay for it. Thank your union contract for that. emoticon :smile:

Feisty56 wrote on September 7, 2015, 12:46 PM

Oh no, I'm sure your Mom wasn't the least amused by your father's joke. Having been three weeks overdue with my first child, I can tell you I had no sense of humor left at that point.

CoralLevang wrote on September 7, 2015, 1:09 PM

I am guessing that LABOR is the operative word, as it has been used rather laboriously (though, not lacking in frequency). emoticon :winking: Do you think we all could "squeeze" out a few more here? Multiples might be rather fun, if I wanted to labor again. (Remembering the week before giving birth to my daughter. This week 40 years ago was a miserable one physically.)

Enough of this most laborous (I always preferred the now obsolete version of the word) comment that is going nowhere! emoticon :winking:

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 7, 2015, 6:32 PM

I have heard someone make that joke at one time also. I thankfully was not pregnant at the time, might have strangled them

bestwriter wrote on September 7, 2015, 8:31 PM

Here in India Labour Day is kept up on May 1. It is declared a holiday when in fact all should be working.

Yes. It is obvious your mother was not amused (lol)

cheri wrote on September 8, 2015, 11:17 PM

Labor Day here in my country is celebrated during the 1st of May