labor day

In 1882, Matthew McGuire, a machinist, proposed a day dedicated to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold" -  the first Labor Day.  It would involve a street parade, a picnic, and a festival for the community and families.

In our family, Labor Day was always a time to celebrate my grandfather's birthday.  Not really labor or work was celebrated, but the summer's last hurrah with the entire family before school started in New York City.  I watched him blow out candles for 29 Labor Days.  He is who I honor on this day.  He carved grandeur.

paul and helen, new york city 1943
paul 1918 - 1999

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