Monday, September 3, 2012
The last 35 years that I was in the work force, I usually would work on this day. Labor day was one of those days that was a mandatory work day in my line of work, restaurants. Not a fun business, you had to work most holiday's and Labor day was considered a major one, along with Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc..
Those of you that had the pleasure of staying home and having your family over for a BBQ, or maybe a mini-vacation probably never thought twice of us poor lugs who had to put on our stupid uniforms and serve you breakfast, but not any more!
I have to say, it feels good not to have to worry about that. I think even if I had to work outside of home again, it would not be waiting tables. In fact, I would rather have a tooth pulled out!
Labor day was supposed to be a day all us hard workers got to have a day of rest, not a day of running our arse off! Instead, all the 'desk' workers are the ones who got the day off. Even when I was in the restaurant business, the main corporate offices were closed, how is that fair?
Did you know that Labor day became a Federal holiday in 1894? A machinist was the first person to suggest it. His name was Matthew Maguire. Kind of ironic for me, my husband is a machinist. But of course the retail industry took full advantage of all the people off work and turned it into a 'National' shopping day. In fact, not only did people have to work on this day, but usually longer hours.
So on this day when you go out to breakfast, think of me and all the hard work I had to endure all those years so you can have a nice day off with your family, and leave a 'Big' tip! Those people out there taking care of you would rather be home spending time with their families or having a camping weekend, anything than working, believe me!
I am grateful that I am home today and not having to serve eggs. I am having my family over for a BBQ later and I look forward to it! Appreciate the work force out there that give it their all on this holiday, a holiday celebrating the hardest workers in the world, the American workers!
What line of work are you in? Have you had to work on this day? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts. I would love to know!
Thanks for everything, Lisa