The Labor Day holiday has come to signify the end of summer to most people and one of the last times they can relax, enjoy time off from work, and celebrate until the winter holidays roll around. My 4 year old granddaughter doesn’t have much use for the holiday though since she found out there aren’t any presents involved. As I quickly found out, explaining the original meaning of the Labor Day holiday to a pre-schooler isn’t easy. The first Labor Day was originally designated as a public exhibition to recognize the strength and spirit of trade and labor organizations. In other words, it was a celebration of the working class men and women who built this country up with the sweat of their brow and the strength of their backs. Speeches and picnics surrounded the first Labor Day holidays. Now, for the most part speeches have been moved to the “back burner” , and picnics and outdoor recreation have become the main focus. Strangely, because of modern technology and 24 hour connectivity today’s labor force seems to always be working. So I guess a long relaxing Labor Day weekend is the perfect way to celebrate.