The alcoholic persuasion has since evaporated. Our ambition has switched to a longer sojourn on Longboat Key by the Gulf of Mexico. But the charm and energy of Labour Day Weekend persists. As I sat in the car this morning waiting for my partner to complete a bit of grocery shopping, I imagined what chaos will ensue by Thursday as individuals and families prepare to gather provisions for their weekend celebrations. The September convention easily competes with other holiday weekends. It no doubt helps that the weather forecast is hot and steamy. One likes to predict that people will have the advantage of sunshine as they round out the summer.
When dining with friends at Pelican Seafood Market & Grill this past weekend we remarked mournfully upon the accelerating darkness of the late afternoon. The piercing whir of the cicadas has given way to the strident shrill of the blue jays. The verdant corn fields are crowned by harvest-coloured tassels.
There is an inescapable catharsis to Labour Day Weekend. In our case it marks not only the release of strong emotions but the conclusion of what has been a succession of medical attendances (our own and those of family). Though much of what we have done during the past summer has been punctuated by application and purpose, the Labour Day Weekend nonetheless heralds a return to diligence and estimable industry. The autumn duties and summer performances are not fungible. After Labour Day Weekend things become considerably more formal and intense, characterized by results rather than objectives.
Labour Day Weekend conveniently affords an opportunity to reflect and to plan. It is an event as undeniable as the change of seasons. It beckons new adventures and possibilities. Sweaters will begin to reappear. There may even be talk of lighting a fire. The sultry summer air will be replaced by a dry, cool atmosphere. But until then Labour Day Weekend is a signal chance to trumpet the advantage of summer!