Small Town America – Labor Day

This is my town.
Small town America.
Flags fly on Labor Day.

This Labor Day is so important
to thank all those who have labored for us,
especially firefighters, first responders, police officers,
military, teachers, doctors and nurses.

I cannot imagine 2020 without their help and bravery.
Thank You!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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49 Responses to Small Town America – Labor Day

  1. Opher says:

    We went out on the steps every week to clap and bang pans for our essential workers. They put their lives on the line for us – and still are.
    This is not over yet. I think the worst is still to come.

    • Jennie says:

      What a great thing to do! Yes, they risk their lives for us. I think we’ll probably have another wave before a vaccine comes out. Best to you, Opher.

  2. Wonderful, Jennie. Is it a public holiday today?

  3. Gratitude is so important… 🙂

  4. Ritu says:

    Wonderful, Jennie!

  5. quiall says:

    They are deserving of our respect and gratitude.

  6. Darlene says:

    Happy Labour Day! We celebrate in Canada too. One labour day, a long time ago, I gave birth to my son so it is extra special. xo

  7. Happy Labour Day and such a beautiful poem of thanks to these people who have laboured for us night and day.

  8. I hope the current “big city” America never comes to your small town. It’s terrible what’s going on out there. Small towns are more my speed.

  9. And don’t forget Grocery store employees and truckers! Our little town looks like this too. I LOVE IT! 🥰 Happy Labour Day!

  10. Beautiful Labor Day post, Jennie. I hope you are having a great day

  11. A beautiful post of appreciation

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I love the displays of flags near us too.

  13. A perfect post for the day, Jennie. We’d be lost without the heroism of ordinary citizens who rise to the call. This year has been a tough one, and I’m grateful.

  14. Excellent post, Jennie! You’re spot on – we’d all be lost without the labour of the people you listed here! I’m thinking about you as a new school year begins… I’m so grateful to be retired!!!

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you so much, John. Yes, we would be lost without the labor of these people. I bet you are grateful to be retired! Tomorrow is orientation for children, outside and far apart. I worry most about reading aloud while wearing a mask. It doesn’t work. Please send me good karma. 🙂

  15. My flag is out and so is my red white and blue quilt. My laborers are laboring and I’m feeding them. Does that count? Pictures to follow soon. This neighborhood is quiet except for here. Smoke from fires hundreds of miles away and I’m grateful there are people working today to manage them. It’s a very different labor day. I love small town America.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, that counts more than you know, Marlene! You are my hero in so many ways. Like you, I am very grateful for the people who work hard. That smoke must be a reminder. It is a different Labor Day, with no parades or gatherings. It makes us forget the celebrations and remember the people. I’m glad you love small town America, too.

  16. petespringerauthor says:

    It feels like small-town America gets these patriotic holidays just right. We should appreciate our laborers every year, but I think more than ever in 2020. Good luck to you as you start another school year, Jennie.

  17. A great tradition, Jennie! I hope you had a nice celebration, and i love the tradition with the flags too. By the way, here only with the election of Pope Benedikt XVI. in 2005 most people raised the German flag. This looked very surreal to me. Michael

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