MIAGD: Labor Day

MIAGD: Make it a great day

It’s Labor Day: a day, created in the late 19th century, becoming a federal holiday in 1894, to celebrate the contributions and achievements of United States workers.

That’s it.

I do find myself miffed when folks begin making this day out to be a celebration of the military, veterans or deceased. Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember the fallen military members, and Veterans Day is a day to celebrate all those who have served our country.

Today is something different.

It does seem Labor Day has become less a day to celebrate its original purpose, the US worker. It does seem to be a day to pull out our Fourth of July regalia that was still put away in the hall closet rather than the attic or basement so we can celebrate the end of summer.

Regardless, I still love this holiday since I live in the heart of a huge festival, Kettering’s Holiday At Home Festival.

Shroyer Road is busy with auto and foot traffic. The marathon is off and running. Vendors in Lincoln Park are preparing for their biggest day. Buses for the marching bands are beginning to pull into the parking lot next door. And the Fairmont drummers are serenading at 8:30 AM – the best serenade!

In an hour, the BaneMobile will pull into my drive and we will, for the 11th time, walk the high school’s backfield to Far Hills Avenue to watch the parade. Jacob and Ellie Bane no longer sit with us because they are now seniors and juniors in high school and involved in the festivities. Angela, Noah, 8, and I are the only ones who comprise the Bane-Haas trio for this event. And I cherish this annual reunion.

The parade will finish and I will return for teaching from 1:30 PM until 10:15 PM.

On with my day! Make it a great one.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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