32 Reasons to Celebrate Labor Day

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1. Labor is a right with a history of wrongs.

“Strikers during the 1933 Dressmakers' Union strike take a break in a diner” by Kheel Center on Flikr

 

2. Labor infuses life with a meaning that not even retirement can take away.

“Happiness” by foreverdigital on Flickr

 

3. Labor is a misnomer. It begins nine months earlier than they say it does.

“Pregnant Profile II” by mahalie on Flickr

 

4. Labor is the smile mom forced to snuff out her yawn after working third shift.

“My Kids & Me” by ~PhotograTree~ on Flickr

 

5. Labor is passing up Friday happy hour with the crew – again – to pick up the kids.

“budweisermakesaclamatoblend” by Rob! on Flickr

 

6. Labor is providing your children enough money so they can do something… but not so much that they do nothing.

 

 

7. Labor is paying private school tuition instead of getting that new car you wanted.

“#classic #fins #usa #plymouth #antiquecars #kennedy” by jenstrawbrax on Flickr

 

8. Labor robs life of indolence to reward it with satisfaction.

“The garden gang” by Pink Iguana on Flickr

 

9. Labor is the scratchy calloused palms your grandpa developed, so you wouldn’t have to.

“Hands” by andhong09 on Flickr

 

10. Labor is asking the kids how school was, knowing they won’t, or can’t return the favor.

“Kids chillin in School van” by v i p e z on Flickr

 

11. Labor is losing your weekend to host a sleepover.

“Ahhh creepiest dolls ever” by Seoulful Adventures on Flickr

 

12. Labor is letting the kids pitch in with housework, even when it’d just be easier to do it yourself.

“Helping Dad” by Kei! on Flickr

 

13. Labor is skipping dinner with friends to hear high schoolers’ confessions until midnight, then saying three masses in the morning.

“Mobile Confession” by Sr. Samolo on Flickr

 

14. Labor is searching for something – anything – redeemable about that clown you work with.

“HaHaHa.........I Love My Job!” by Cyndie@smilebig! on Flickr

 

15. Labor is the crucible that shows you what you are capable of… and what you are not.

“Stress” by Big Max Power on Flickr

 

16. Labor brings together greatness.

“Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa” by Jim Forest on Flickr

 

17. Labor affects families.

“Rutas trazadas” by jpazkual on Flickr

 

18. Labor is admitting mistakes, and asking forgiveness.

“Ignore previous cookie.” by foreverdigital on Flickr

 

19. Labor begins when the honeymoon ends.

“If you are about to ‘Burn all your bridges’, make sure you don't want to come back!” by Neil Moralee on Flickr

 

20. Labor fills the potholes of the soul with purpose.

“At the front of the shop.” by Neil Moralee on Flickr

 

21. Labor groans at sunrise, but sighs contentment at sunset.

“The weary traveler” by Neil Moralee on Flickr

 

22. Labor is being the only parent (for goodness sake!) who slices up oranges for after their t-ball game.

“DSC08049” by Totoro's Expy on Flickr

 

23. Labor is compensated creativity.

“Hard Workers.....” by viewfinder_doha on Flickr

 

24. Labor is sliding crisp $20 bills in First Communion cards… because you won’t drag your niece into the fight with your brother.

“Alisa Prepared for First Communion” by Philipbouchard on Flickr

 

25. Labor is choosing your battles wisely.

“Rooster Fight” by Rene Bastiaanssen on Flickr

 

26. Labor is deciding when to give someone one more chance… and when not to.

“Please forgive me” by dhammza on Flickr

 

27. Labor is abdicating your seat at the center of the universe.

“Princess Aurora” by canhasal on Flickr

 

28. Labor is surprising your spouse with little acts of love – and getting the kids to pitch in.

“Helping my dad make breakfast” by unertlkm on Flickr

 

29. Labor makes you appreciate a long weekend.

“Photo” by jenstrawbrax on Flickr

 

30. Labor is living on after he dies, forgiving (both of) your mistakes, and never letting life’s challenges take away your smile.

“Barbra” by Neil. Moralee on Flickr

 

31. Labor is thinking you’re going out to save the world, only to find that the world will save you.

“Compassion Bloggers visit Nicaragua” by compassionbloggers on Flickr

 

32. Labor without heart is toil; labor with love is your vocation.

“Pope Kissing Feet” from www.cbc.ca

 

Labor, in all its forms, may it be blessed by God on this Labor Day.

 

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Photo credits (in order of appearance):

Strikers during the 1933 Dressmakers’ Union strike take a break in a diner” by Kheel Center on Flikr
Happiness” by foreverdigital on Flickr
Pregnant Profile II” by mahalie on Flickr
My Kids & Me” by Theresa Martell on Flickr
budweisermakesaclamatoblend” by Rob! on Flickr
Kim Kardashian wearing Benjamin Eyewear ‘Cindy‘” by Guise Archive on Flickr

#fins #usa #plymouth #antiquecars #kennedy”  by jenstrawbrax on Flickr
The garden gang” by Pink Iguana on Flickr
Hands” by andhong09 on Flickr
Kids chillin in School van” by v i p e z on Flickr
Ahhh creepiest dolls ever” by Seoulful Adventures on Flickr
Helping Dad” by Kei! on Flickr
Mobile Confession” by Sr. Samolo on Flickr
HaHaHa………I Love My Job!” by [email protected]! on Flickr
Stress” by Big Max Power on Flickr
Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa” by Jim Forest on Flickr
Rutas trazadas” by jpazkual on Flickr
Ignore previous cookie.” by Jenn Vargas on Flickr
If you are about to ‘Burn all your bridges’, make sure you don’t want to come back!” by Neil Moralee on Flickr
At the front of the shop.” by Neil Moralee on Flickr
The weary traveler” by Neil Moralee on Flickr
DSC08049” by Totoro’s Expy on Flickr
Hard Workers…..” by viewfinder_doha on Flickr
Alisa Prepared for First Communion” by Philipbouchard on Flickr
Rooster Fight” by Rene Bastiaanssen on Flickr
Please forgive me” by dhammza on Flickr
Princess Aurora” by canhasal on Flickr
Helping my dad make breakfast” by unertlkm on Flickr
Photo” by jenstrawbrax on Flickr
Barbara” by Neil Moralee on Flickr
Compassion Bloggers visit Nicaragua” by compassionbloggers on Flickr
Pope Kissing Feet” from www.cbc.ca

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