Labour Day

September 7, 2009

yes. i spelled ‘labour’ with a ‘u’. that’s how we canadians spell it. and apparently only canadians actually respect ‘labour day’. in this crazy state of arizona, most kids have been back in school for about a month already. that’s called craziness people. there are a butt load of kids in my home town of toronto, ontario in canada getting ready to start their first day of school Tomorrow. the day after labour day. the day you are SUPPOSED to start school.

What is labour day though? really? why do we celebrate this day? allow me to share what i found on Wikipedia:

“The holiday originated in Canada out of labor disputes (“Nine-Hour Movement”) first in Hamilton, then in Toronto, Canada in the 1870s, which resulted in a Trade Union Act which legalized and protected union activity in 1872 in Canada. The parades held in support of the Nine-Hour Movement and the printers’ strike led to an annual celebration in Canada. In 1882, American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed one of these labor festivals in Toronto. Inspired from Canadian events in Toronto, he returned to New York and organized the first American “labor day” on September 5 of the same year.[citation needed]”

i have been celebrating labour day for 28 years and i never knew this! actually, i probably ‘learned’ it at school one year and forgot it soon after needing that info for a test or exam. i wrote all that canadian stuff in that first paragraph before even knowing the info about the holiday. i think we should all start writing ‘labour day’ with a ‘u’ since canadians really did start the whole thing! go canada!

we are celebrating this wonderful holiday as a family. for the most part. chris let me ‘sleep in’ this morning. (for an extra half an hour. i will take what i can get!) we had a moment where all four of us were on the same couch, laying on top of one another watching tv. it lasted for about 30 seconds, but it was one of the best 30 seconds in recent memory. man my kids are cute! then we picked up the van that had been sitting at Discount Tire since saturday (i had a flat and then needed to replace the two back tires since they are always going flat on us. that was awesome cause we have SO MUCH MONEY right now…) and then went to visit a friend of ours who is kinda on bedrest for the next six weeks until her baby is due. (that sucks! but she and the baby are healthy, so that’s all you can ask for!)

we are STILL looking for renters. saturday did not go as planned (no cocktail hour. thanks for asking though shannon). don’t think i am withholding information/updates from you dear readers! i am just WAITING to be able to write a drunken post full of good news. (i am no lush. i will probably just end up having a root beer float sans alcohol. and that will probably be way better than a cocktail!) if any of you know anyone who wants to rent a 5 bedroom house in far east mesa, you just let me know!

anyway, that’s it for now. hope you all have wonderful labour days with your friends and families. and if you should happen to come accross any canadians today- you americans just might want to give them a hug and thank them for this day. 😉

(canadians i know that you might know: ryan delvikan, half of lindsay watson, half of both my kids, and my sister three weeks ago before she became an american citizen.)



  1. Thanks for keeping the "u" in Labour and for remembering us Canadians. Still looking for a way to visit you guys when we are home. Love from Nigeria and soon to be Canada!! Janice and boys

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