Here in Washington, D.C. most people have stocked their cabinets with water, batteries and non-perishable foods and settled into their cozy homes to weather the severe rain and wind that Hurricane Sandy is unleashing. But what about those who don't have a roof over their head?
Thanksgiving has many meanings to many different people. Hands down it is my favorite holiday. I love the simple beauty of coming together to share food and fellowship. Although I am not a big shopper, I recognize that many people look forward to the day after Thanksgiving as much as if not more than they do the holiday itself. In some ways it has become its own holiday. Where I work they list it on the official list of holidays as, "The Day After Thanksgiving." Figuring that someone else is a step ahead of me and has already shortened this to some clever acronym, I Googled "T.D.A.T." and not surprisingly it turned up more than 11,000 hits of the abbreviated term.
In 1884, President Grover Cleveland designated the first Monday in September as Labor Day and an official Federal Holiday. In 1898, Samuel Gompers called Labor Day, "The day when toilers' rights and wrongs may lay down their tools for a holiday...touch shoulders in marching phalanx and feel the stronger for it." I had to look the definition of phalanax up; that's a big word for 1898.
As SJ started his senior year this past week, Michael had his first preseason game, and Collins had us all doing ten different things in four different directions, I was thinking about the events of the summer. Some made me laugh; many made me realize there is work to be done in several areas and so on and so forth.
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