Labor Day

by pastortimfowler

I usually don’t blog about specific holidays, but this one, Labor Day, is one that I need to get a few things off of my chest about. I like the fact that we have an extra day off for most Americans. The long weekend help families to rejuvenate and relax before the long school year gets rolling along.
Here is my problem; not everyone understands what it means to be in labor. It is a special time, but only women can experience it. Sure it is hard work going in labor and dads can be in the room, but only women really experience it. But does this warrant a holiday? I don’t think so.
When half of the human race will never experience labor, it is insensitive to have a national holiday to celebrate something. Even with something like Christmas where people of faith other than Christians may not celebrate, we can all still understand and enjoy that giving spirit of that holiday.
I have heard it said that passing a kidney stone is the closest thing a man will come to experiencing what a woman feels when giving birth. I personally have never passed a kidney stone and don’t know what it feels like. But to me it would make more sense to have a national holiday for passing kidney stones that a labor holiday. At least men and women can experience passing a kidney stone and therefore there is not any discrimination involved. That would be a cruel holiday, but at least it would be fair.
We already celebrate birthdays and birthdays are a result of women being in labor. Everyone can celebrate birthdays, so even if they chose not too, it makes it less likely to have half of the human race feeling left out just because they can’t experience something due to a physiological impossibility.
We have Mother’s day, which certainly is only for women, but we follow it by Father’s day to ensure fairness. Labor day is just way too controversial for me to be comfortable with. We live in a day where people are easily offended and having holidays like this one worries me.
So there you have it. My blog on the controversial holiday of Labor Day.
Hold on a second…Someone just told me that Labor Day is NOT about giving birth…In that case…Never mind.

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