Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer across most of the United States, although you’d never know it from the horrific temperatures gripping most of the western states. Here in Phoenix, even without taking the abnormally warm conditions into account, autumn really doesn’t arrive until you reach the point that the air conditioning can be turned off for the season—historically coinciding with the end of Daylight Savings Time in the rest of the country.
The day after Labor Day was also traditionally the first day of school for those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s. That’s now shifted; Ben’s school district has been back in session for nearly a month, and they now have a week-long “Fall Break” in October, something totally unheard of when I was in school.
Our Labor Day holiday this year was uneventful. Ben had to conduct CPI training on Saturday. Sunday morning I got out before it was too hot and mowed our seemingly-quarter-acre of back yard (tracking app on my phone indicated I walked 1.5 miles during the process) that hadn’t been touched in nearly two months, wiping me out for the rest of the day (afternoon naps are good—when the dogs let you actually sleep). And today we simply did a variation of our normal Sunday routine. Ben made breakfast, mowed the front yard, and we did our grocery shopping in the afternoon. We didn’t even throw a traditional holiday pot luck like we have in years past.