Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day indeed

The human year needs public holidays, each with its own import, to give structure to the cycle of experience, the way a body needs a skeleton, which would else be a flabby blob.  The traditional Church is rich in these;  we in the secular world need cherish what few we’ve got.

For long, the Labor Day weekend served as a sort of Mardi Gras, marking the end of the lotus months of summer, a last family fling before knuckling down to to the autumnal duties of work and school.   That role has been undermined by lobbies that, in many places, have contrived to start up the school year prematurely.   (In our area, thus jumping the gun  proved especially pointless, as we've had a streak of sultry weather, and some classes had to be cancelled on that account.) Kudos to the governor of Maryland for putting a stop to that.

For the roster of our posts concerning public holidays, click here.
For labor matters, here.

1 comment:

  1. As a Howard County resident, I prefer that the county public schools start after Labor Day. As a Libertarian sympathizer I'm irked but not surprised to see a Republican governor imposing his will on local governments.