So Why Do They Call It “Labor Day”?

My seven-year-old wanted to know: since we have so few official days here in America where all the people get off work, why is this one in particular called “Labor Day”?

“Well… it’s for all the people who work really hard every day. It’s to celebrate them and their hard work,” I fumbled to explain.

“Oh, like with diabetes, people have so much work every day,” she replied.

Yikes! Is everything always all about the diabetes? Am I that bad?

Naw, I think it’s just because she heard me mention Labor Day, and somehow thought it had something to do with this blog. Life can be a little hard to sort out when you’re 7 (or 43).

In any case, for your day off — free of all responsibilities except the @#$%! diabetes — enjoy this DiabetesMine 2010 Labor Day vision, courtesy of beloved cartoon artist (and fellow acerbic type 1 diabetic) Haidee Merritt:


5 Responses

  1. reyna
    reyna September 6, 2010 at 6:16 am | | Reply

    LOVE IT. I am currently Joe’s (my 7 year old, type 1 kiddo) pancreas. I hope for a less laborious care regimen in his lifetime so he can truly rest…HAPPY LABOR DAY to you.

  2. tmana
    tmana September 6, 2010 at 11:51 am | | Reply

    I have enough to say about Labor Day, but most of it canNOT be framed in publicly-acceptable language…

  3. riva
    riva September 7, 2010 at 9:16 am | | Reply

    How ’bout if you’re a diabetic AND worked on Labor Day. Do you get into Heaven twice as fast or get to stay twice as long? riva

  4. Scott K. Johnson
    Scott K. Johnson September 7, 2010 at 9:32 am | | Reply

    I love Haidee’s stuff. :-)

  5. Kevrell
    Kevrell January 5, 2012 at 8:07 am | | Reply

    Thanks for cotnribtunig. It’s helped me understand the issues.

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