Nuts. I slept in until 7:00 this morning. Now I’m two hours behind schedule.
If I finish in time today, I might get to have Justin and Jake for the night tonight. But truthfully, it’s not looking good for the home team.
Well now, enough complaining. How are you this day? If you’re reading this in America, hopefully you’re enjoying a holiday weekend. Is anyone out there using Labor day to labor? I am, and actually I don’t mind it. I like having the time to get things done, and as you know, one extra day tacked onto a weekend can make a lot of difference.
This past week has been interesting. Lots of friends going through big life changes: buying a home, changing a relationship status, and one friend in particular making a huge identity change. For the most part, a change will do you good. So says Sheryl Crow.
I wonder how many people know what Labor Day really is. I myself learnt a couple of facts this morning. I knew this:
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. —United States DOL website
I didn’t know, however, the backstory of the “Rosie the Riveter” campaign, launched by the Department of Labor during World War II. Apparently, the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter we’ve come to know — a woman wearing a red and white polka-dot do-rag, flexing her bicep — was not the original image. Rather, “Rosie” was first drawn by Norman Rockwell for a Memorial Day issue of the Saturday Evening Post, and the picture was a bit less PC:
The image depicts a muscular woman wearing overalls, goggles and pins of honor on her lapel. She sports a leather wrist band and rolled-up sleeves. She sits with a riveting tool in her lap, eating a sandwich, and “Rosie” is inscribed on her lunch pail. And, she’s stepping on a copy of Adolph Hitler’s book Mein Kampf.
Now there’s an iconic image for ya. Did you know this? I did not. You can read the article here.
And now you go have yourself a good day. I have some dancing to do.