Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor is Right

History lesson on Labor day
 Labor day or also known as "the workingman's holiday", is an annual celebration of workers and their achievements. It was originated in the late 1800's during the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. 
Back when the average American worked 12 hours days and seven day weeks in order to make themselves a basic living. (sounds familiar- I work those hours)

Despite restrictions in some sates, children as young as 5 or 6 worked in mills, factories, and mines  earning a fraction of their adult counerparts' wage. 

I couldn't image my Hailey working on anything besides trying to catch another grasshopper.

People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks. 

I guess this can even happen now a days with 4 kids. No breaks. Unclean facilities. I've seen what they hide under their beds. So thankfully this Labor Day it gave Mike and I a small break. We headed to Hogle Zoo for alittle while. 

They were so fascinated by ducks. And to think about all the $$ we put into toys and games. We need a duck :) But after 2 hours we left only seeing half the zoo. It was that packed.
But to honor Labor Day we headed home and.....WORKED!!!
 We teamed up and cleaned those unclean  sanitary facilities and let in some fresh air and all the while giving this mom a break from doing it all herself. So nothing magical this holiday. No BBQ's, No parades, No union strike, but it was nice to have the time to both work and play. 

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