Labor Day

Darleen Jarocki

Labor Day

3 mins

Labor Day is one of the least recognized, forgotten-about-until around the more elaborate holidays of the year, one that we seem to appreciate only after realizing it affords us a three day weekend, come September. 

The first celebration was actually September 5, 1882 in New York City. (This happened 25 years before my dad was born!) The citizens marched for Labor rights down the main street of Manhattan. During this time, the average American worker worked a 12-hour day. When the Adamson Act passed in Congress, in   1916, the eight-hour day for workers was established. The Labor Day holiday is often confused with "May Day". May Day is a celebration for International Workers Day and is celebrated in May around the globe.  

The day has the same concept but the United States celebrates in September. I've been one of those persons who enjoyed wearing white after Labor Day. Why was this stressed in the fashion world? During the War, the upper-class ladies wanted to be recognized with wearing white as making a statement, that they were from the elite class of women. Those who chose to wear white were considered "out of place" (in that era) because of their financial status. The fashion industry wanted to "weed" out those folks that weren’t from the upper class. You can realize the trend of individuality that occurred "way back when"...

 I am serious about this next tidbit!                

Labor Day is the official end of Hot Dog season which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Check it out on the National Hot Dog/Sausage website (www.hot-dog.org).                     

Labor Day is also one of the most dangerous weekends to travel on our US Highways...Another tidbit of the “what is Labor Day and when did it originate.” 

Labor Day symbolizes the endings and the beginnings. The ending of the three-day weekend until November and the beginning of the NFL season. Nice thought, eh, fans? 

I hope that my readers can take a moment to respect those who work to keep our country safe—those in the health care, foods, military, and the list goes on and on. These folks work on Labor Day, when many of us are enjoying that three-day weekend! Be considerate of these dedicated people and keep them in prayer.

It’s time to get light-hearted and think back at moments in our childhood when we didn’t have the technology that our children and grandchildren are addicted to. Back then, we played with weeds, even as late as the early '50s. Most toys were too special to play with outdoors (or we couldn’t afford them), so we made our own entertainment with weeds and leaves in our yard. Our imaginations turned long green tree leaves into stacks of "paper" money. We plucked and ate little yellow flowers that were so sour, we made faces with every bite. Dandelion leaves provided the side dish to our mud pies. We held tall strips of grass between two fingers and blew a whistle that could be heard blocks away. Hollyhocks grew just about everywhere back then, so we used their flowers to make dancing dolls. We wore clover chains and crowns as Kings and Queens. It made us feel like princesses.

Now, most yards are neatly mowed with grass. Whenever, I come upon a lot of weeds I cannot help but think and reminisce about all the fun things we did. Imagination is a wonderful thing! 

Mom put together a fast S'More treat for us. This is her go-to recipe.

S’More Treats          

Place in a glass 9x4-inch pan ½ cup of crushed graham crackers. Lay marshmallows on top of the Graham Cracker layer until they are touching one another.

Lay a layer of Hershey bar over the marshmallows. (any amount will do.) 

Sprinkle more crushed Graham Cracker crumbs over the top of the Hershey bars.

Place the glass pan in the microwave and set it at one-minute increments, until you notice the marshmallows are raised as high as the edges of the pan. (preferably, 2 to 3 inches deep.)  

Remove it from the microwave and dig in! But wait until it cools! What a great treat for these hot days!

Stay positive in all that is going on in the world. I know it has to be very difficult for many. 

Thank God for Nature and all the beauty he has for us! We are so blessed.

This article was orginally reported by
Darleen Jarocki

Darleen Jarocki is an expert gardener and cook. She is an excellent folklorist and local historian.