It's Labor Day. We hope you're enjoying the day off, or the holiday pay if you have to work. And if you're out of a job or have one that doesn't compensate you at a premium rate for being there on a national holiday, then sorry.
But for the lucky ones, this is arguably the greatest holiday of the year.
The weather's usually pleasant, there are no religious obligations, you have a full-slate of baseball running from early afternoon until late at night, there are Labor Day sales if shopping is your thing, and it's all to honor the "contributions and achievements of American workers," says history.com. And how can you argue with that?
We can't, and wouldn't want to if we could. What we do want is to enjoy our day off, and we want you to enjoy it as well.
So have a good one, but take a moment to remember the 10,000 workers who lost pay so they could march through the streets of New York City on Sept. 5, 1882.
It was the first Labor Day parade ever, and the marchers took part in order to draw attention to the deplorable labor conditions they were subjected to.
Shorewood does not have a Labor Day parade, and that's unfortunate. Maybe by next year the town fathers will have addressed this local shortcoming. If not, Shorewood's workers can always march on their own, all the way from Village Hall to, well, we don't really know. Maybe to the Walgreens. That seems far enough.
At any rate, if you have today off, it's due in no small part to those 10,000 men and women who walked in New York 130 years ago. Here's to them.