Monday, September 5, 2016
Labor Day on Main Street
Actually, we usually aren't on Main Street on Labor Day or at least NOT the Main Street by our houses. We're off to the shore, the lake, the river, the mountain. A last taste of summer before the harvest of fall and the travails of winter. But Labor Day, which is about "we" the working people, and Main Street, which is about "we" the working people are intertwined in some way not at all obvious. The Day and a Street aren't easily overlaid. A Day is 24 hours, maybe a parade, certainly time off. A Street is 24/7, maybe houses a parade, but is not about time off, but time being ON, on Main Street. Some holidays get scant attention. We've become so ambivalent about Columbus Day, hardly anyone takes it off any more. No so with Labor Day -- everyone wishes a good holiday, last of summer, fun time, down time. It's a really big deal. And so it should be.