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Monday, 5 September 2016

Labour Day

Labour Day
The day when labour takes a rest.
Years ago it was tradition for mothers to pack up huge picnic lunches and the family would take a drive to some interesting destination like a  provincial park where there would be water, play equipment, canoes and various outdoor activities.
Mothers would monitor their brood of kids, bandage scrapes, referee fights, tote drinks and snacks to the men (resting from their labours), set out the picnic, clean up from the picnic, round up everyone to go home, make sure all the kids were bathed for school the next day, clean up all the picnic dishes and cutlery and store the leftovers, pack lunches for school and work the next day, make sure clothing and school supplies were ready to go in the morning and, finally, fall into bed thanking God they only had to rest from their labours once a year.

3 comments:

  1. How true it is. All of the big 'holidays' are a holiday for everyone else. With the clean-up as an extra treat.

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  2. Picnics were something we did often as children. It didn't cost any money and they were always fun. I carried on the tradition with my children but when they became teenagers and busy with their friends and activities, the picnic basket was put away.

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  3. Thanks for stopping by. I do love bug eaters and posted a warning.

    Have a delightful holiday.

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