People, who are well acquainted with me, know better than to ask me questions. Even simple questions like, “How are you today?” are often viewed as essay questions and require a lot of detail in order to give a proper answer. Then on some days I’m just not prepared for essay questions.

People, who are well acquainted with me, know better than to ask me questions. Even simple questions like, “How are you today?” are often viewed as essay questions and require a lot of detail in order to give a proper answer. Then on some days I’m just not prepared for essay questions.

A quick story comes to mind of an incident about seventeen years ago. My grandson Troy was a little guy and inquired about the material that was sealing a window. I replied that it was a silicone sealant. I then ask him if he would like for me to tell him about silicone base substances. His prompt reply along with a very unusual facial expression was, “No”. When I recounted this incident to an engineer that I worked with, his thoughts were, “He has heard you expand in thought before, hasn’t he?” The implied undercurrent was that either the dissertation would be boring, long, or boring and long. I am not certain which as he would not expand on that thought.

So having said all of that, it should be apparent that I have opinions. According to some sources the majority doesn’t want to hear them, nor do they care. I can’t let that bother me as an explosion could occur from keeping it all bottled up inside. So today we stabilize the pressure.

At the time this is being read people are either preparing for the extended weekend labeled as Labor Day or may have just returned to find a publication containing this discourse awaiting their arrival. The evident conundrum of this holiday was best defined by Randy Swift some thirty years ago when his thoughts were that everyone should labor on a day named Labor Day. If we wanted to party, then it should be called Party Day or Let’s Go To the Lake Day, Let’s Not Labor Day, or something along those lines. Now obviously if you are expecting a child and should go into labor and deliver as a result of you labor occurring anytime on this particular day, then it truly is Labor Day. If this is you, then you can surely call it Labor Day or anything you please. I know better than to offer any opinion regarding this unique female experience as I have no frame of reference.

Some will be laboring on Labor Day because they have put off all summer the much dreaded “Honey Do List”. Believing that this will be the last warm days and just like the rule that says immediately after Labor Day one must stop wearing white and the first blizzard of the year is on the horizon, these “Honey Do” task must be completed. These poor souls will be laboring away as they watch the masses head out for destinations of unlimited fun. In an attempt at consolation, the preparer of the list will rationalize the situation with statements about the overcrowding of the fun places and gridlock of the traffic ways.

It is my understanding that the creation of the holiday was to honor those that labor. It seems to me that cash would have made an outstanding statement, maybe a little more on each paycheck every week. Another option would be extend their paid vacation by the length of a day. Instead they receive a day extending a weekend that in turn will cost them more money than they could ever make in one day of labor. With this in mind, the guy finishing up the “Honey Do” list is looking pretty smart.

So whether you choose to labor or choose to not labor let’s all keep in mind those who will be laboring on this holiday weekend. Plenty of people will be working to maintain the facilities and activities providing all the fun places, fuel places and food places that will be open for business on Labor Day. Kind of makes you wonder if this should be an all or none situation. Maybe Randy Swift was right, maybe everyone should labor on Labor Day?

 

Paul Richardson is the public relations director and events coordinator for the city of Neosho. He also writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.