My family recently had an “opposite day.” We ate cake in the morning, wore our pajamas to church (we totally did) and had pancakes and bacon for dinner. I used to do this more often, when my son was younger. I recall making Mac ‘n Cheese at 8am for breakfast, followed by mowing the lawn in pajamas. I highly recommend this tradition.
With tomorrow being Labor Day, we had plans today to drive up north to relax….but with kids is it really “relaxing?” My son is old enough to get himself ready and keep himself happy, but my daughter definitely takes work …. A lot of labor to get everything packed, tossing toys back at her during the ride, and being her constant shadow while she discovers all of the awesomeness that a lakefront cottage has to offer. So, due to the thought of all that “labor,” plus recovering from a fun-filled day yesterday, and still monitoring my daughter’s low-grade fever….we decided to stay home today and probably tomorrow. (Note: to prevent any tone of ungratefulness, I am thankful to have access to that cottage, grateful for the fun-filled day yesterday, and glad that it is just a fever…but stay with me here).
In honor of Labor Day, I am doing the opposite: not Laboring. It’s, I guess, “Opposite day of Labor Day.”
I certainly hope this is the case for you, too. We live in a world full of deadlines, have to’s, need-to’s, and miscellaneous obligations. We rush around- not smelling any roses, not looking up at the clouds imagining what the shapes of fluff resemble, not even checking things off of our list – because, “wait, there’s more!” What is the #1 answer when someone asks how you are or how your summer has been??? “Oh, you know, busy….” It doesn’t seem to get any less busy…ever.
This Labor Day….no matter what stage of life you are in…I hope you can “not” Labor. As soon as you are done reading this (and after telling all of your friends to read it, ha ha), make an announcement to your family that you are NOT going to Labor this Labor Day! Play board games, play lawn games, just lie on the floor and let your littles crawl all over you and bury you with pillows and blankets. (In fact, you might be able to get a 4-minute cat-nap in this way!) Put a sheet on the grass under a tree and tell everyone to grab a snack and a book and head outside. Make your “to do” list something like this: 1) …….and then throw it away!
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.
I know, I know! Easier said than done. Someone has to make the food, keep the house (somewhat) in order… oil the machine. There will always be a hundred things to do.
But come on….if you are weary, if you are burdened, if you are both (like a lot of us)….let “Labor Day” be “Opposite Day.” DO put off today what you can do the next day, if it entails hard work. Relax. BE with your family-with not just your body, but your mind, your eyes, your hugs, your ears.
Do the opposite of Labor…on this Labor Day. And don’t forget to thank the Maker…. for …everything.