The Labor Day holiday represents many things to many different people.
Officially it was created in honor of the labor movement and is dedicated to the working people of America. It is viewed by many as the official end to summer, although the first day of fall won’t arrive until Sept. 22. But you can already find your favorite pumpkin-flavored items around town.
In my family, Labor Day brings on two of our favorite pasttimes — the opening day of dove season and the long anticipated return of college football — specifically, Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football.
I’m not sure who decided on these dates, but I know that I have a very grateful husband and son.
I am not sure who is more excited, but it has become a time-honored tradition for father and son on opening day. I always make them take a picture together before they head out to the fields.
As I reflect on our adventures of this summer, I smile at the wonderful memories we made together. We ventured to Destin, Florida. for the first time and spent a week on the beautiful, white sandy shores. We have been to Florida many times, but this was our first time in Destin, and I think we did just about every touristy thing you can imagine. It is definitely one of our new favorite places that we will visit again soon.
The boys spent a long weekend with each set of grandparents, which we have dubbed “Grandma Camp.” I grew up spending a lot of time with my grandparents, and they were a very important part of my life. Even though my mom lives four hours away, we ensure that the kids spend as much time as possible with both sides.
We took the travel trailer out for a couple of river trips, but didn’t make it down to the coast this year. My husband and I tried our hand in Vegas, but came back with good times and souvenirs instead of a bucket full of money.
Our oldest attended Hermann Sons camp again this year, and is always sad to leave at the end of his week.
School has started for most of us, which either brings on cheers or tears. I have a fifth grader and second grader this year, and they both love their school. One a little more than the other, but I haven’t had to drag anyone out of bed yet this week.
I was a little heartbroken when they asked to ride the bus on the first day of school, instead of mom walking them each to their new classrooms. We compromised and I drove them on their first day. I know that it’s cliché, but time really is flying by and I can’t believe how big they’ve gotten.
So as you can see, we never slow down. Regardless if school is in session or not, we are always on the go. Fall sports have already started and I’ve invested in a WiFi-enabled crockpot to get us through the week.
But I wouldn’t trade any of this for the world. Being a working mom constantly on the go is how I like things, much to my husband’s dismay. Have a safe and happy Labor Day!
Elizabeth Engelhardt is the general manager of the Seguin Gazette. Her column runs every other Sunday.