Celebrating Labor Day weekend

Published 9:59 am Friday, September 4, 2015

It sure seems like summer flew by didn’t it? I know I personally feel like I was just sitting inside a classroom in April, thinking about graduating in May and wondering what the rest of my life of my life will look like.

Now as Labor Day weekend is here, it’s time for us to get in our last summer plans and start getting ready for fall.

According to the Department of Labor website, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”

Those of us who are lucky enough to have the day off, like to fill the weekend with last trips to the beach, a weekend away at the lake, cookouts, a day at the pool, a trip to Water Country or Busch Gardens, school shopping, if you are a parent celebrating the fact that your children are finally going back to school, etc.

Unfortunately, some have to spend their extra day of the weekend catching up on things they are behind on.

But to put it in simpler terms, it’s another day we Americans are using as an excuse to celebrate, be happy we have a three-day weekend and, of course, do anything but rest; I would know, I am one of them.

So even though most of us won’t exactly be resting this holiday weekend, here a few thoughts from CBS on how we can add a little bit of relaxation to our time off.

For one, unplug. And when they say unplug they mean unplug all that technology that is connecting us to work and the rest of the world around. Don’t worry about what everyone is doing, just worry about what you want to do for a change.

Another idea is to do something you don’t normally get to do (and if that happens to be something relaxing, well, that’s just a plus). For instance, go to the spa, get a pedicure, sit and watch a movie with family and friends, just do something you always want to do but you never have time to do it.

Lastly, enjoy the type of meal you don’t normally get to have. Whether that’s a fancy meal, or a meal you get to eat in your pajamas. If you don’t normally have time to do it, then this is the weekend you should try and fit it in.

This weekend is about you and the hard work you have put in over this past year, so celebrate it the way you want to.

Happy Labor Day weekend to all the hard workers.

Rebecca Chappell is a staff writer for The Tidewater News. She can be contacted at 562-3187 or rebecca.chappell@tidewatenews.com.