October 14, 2017
The hard work, toiled and labor of dedicated workers built a great nation. Today, this holiday is celebrated to honor America’s workers by giving them a day of rest
Labor Day represents a day of recognition for the generations of hard-working Americans who have sacrificed to give heir families a better life. America was built by individuals who came to this great country from all over the world using their numerous talents to live the American Dream.
Over the generations, the hard work, toiled and labor of dedicated workers built a great nation. Today, this holiday is celebrated to honor America’s workers by giving them a day of rest.
I come from a family of business owners, educational professionals and accountants. My mother and father have shared with me how their parents came from New Iberia, Louisiana chasing the railroad being designed and built out west.
My mothers’ father was a welder. He up rooted by grandmother at the age of 16 shortly after they married. My mother, and her siblings were all born and raised in the same project home while their father, my grandfather, worked outside in the Arizona heat to provide a life for them. Seeing my grandfather work as hard as he did instilled in them the drive to work hard for a life befitting their desires.
As I grew up, I watched my own father work three sometimes four jobs to provide a great life for my two siblings and I. He worked as a taxi driver, warehouse forklift driver, yardman, handyman, and mechanic all whilst being a father, a husband, a church deacon, and a friend. My father assumed this arduous life just to open his own business in a south Phoenix neighborhood that at the time couldn’t draw a McDonald’s due to is crime rate and undesirable neighborhoods.
Though hardworking, everyday wasn’t roses peaches and cream. For a few years growing up, our family struggled to make ends meet. Mom working full time, dad building, and children hungry. But we never stopped working for the greater life.
America can be the land of opportunity for those who fight, sweat, and persevere through obstacles. With Labor Day it gives those hardworking Americans, like my mothers father and my father, who desired a better life to rest. A day to reflect on their accomplishments. To ponder their next strategic action. And for the next generation who will watch you and I toil, like our fathers and mothers, I can only hope they appreciate and honor Labor Day for what it truly is… a day of rest.