Most everyone will have a three day weekend to look forward to this week. Monday is Labor Day and it gives people the opportunity to take advantage of the last long weekend of the summer. The campgrounds, lakes and theme parks will be filled with people. The highways will be busy with travelers, all trying to get in one more holiday before winter.
At one time I would have been right there with them but lately, I try to avoid the holiday crowds. I like the "off-season" quiet.
Labor Day is a day set aside for the working people, so if we go somewhere or just choose to stay home, let's enjoy the day. It has been a legal holiday since 1894.
I wonder if people back in the early years living in our area even thought about taking off on Labor Day just because it was declared a holiday. More than likely they were clearing the land around here 100 years ago and only took off when the weather was too bad to work. I would think people of that generation could tell us a few thing about true labor.
Labor Day is a good day for family reunions, festivals and other activities. We have the Leachville Harvest Festival taking place on Saturday. There are a lot of school reunions, including the every five year Leachville School Reunion which should bring a lot of people back home.
The weather is beginning to seem more like autumn. After Labor Day we should see the leaves begin to fall and hopefully our farmers will have a good harvest before the winter sets in.
I know I complain about the hot and the cold, but I do like living in an area with all four seasons and I am ready to enjoy some fall weather. Autumn doesn't officially begin until Sept. 23, but I think we are all ready for it. We have certainly had a hot, dry summer.