In the US today is Labor Day, a national holiday celebrated the first Monday of September, in honor of the American worker. Traditionally marking the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, Labor Day is known for parades and backyard barbeques.
At our house here in Lexington, my partner Sara and I are doing none of these activities. In fact, we are enjoying our first Labor Day in several years back in the US doing nothing even remotely traditional. Having lived outside of the US for two years (first in Vietnam and then in Haiti), it would seem we’ve forgotten how to do the family picnic with fireworks and corn-on-the-cob. Neither of us even remembered the holiday was coming.
Perhaps, it seems strange to be celebrating the American worker when nearly 10% of the US population is unemployed and major industries continue to send jobs overseas.
However, it has been a productive weekend for me creatively, as I’ve continued working on the table I salvaged for the trash two weeks ago. Do you suppose that’s labor worthy of the holiday we’re celebrating today?
In case you’ve forgotten, the table was rescued from the garbage looking like this:
What follows is, first, a brief review of the progress I shared in my previous post on this project and, secondly, an update of my efforts since that time.
Part One (a review):
Part Two (an update on my more recent progress):
This project is still far from finished, but I promise to continue updating you with my progress. It’s been lots of fun so far.
In the meantime, happy Labor Day to my readers in the US, and happy actual laboring to my friends a little further from home.