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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful, Jennie. Is it a public holiday today?
Thank you, Robbie. Yes, it is a public holiday. Traditionally, it is the unofficial end of summer, and the day before children return to school. The holiday is for workers/laborers to have a day off.
That is nice, Jennie. ENjoy!
Gratitude is so important… 🙂
Yes, it is! 🙂
Thank you, Ritu! 💕
They are deserving of our respect and gratitude.
Yes, they are.
I love this
Thank you, Beth!
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
I’d forgotten that Canada celebrates, too! I can see why it’s extra special to you, Darlene. Happy Birthday to your son. 😀
Thanks. His birthday doesn´t always fall on Labour Day but I certainly remember being in labour on Labour Day!!
Happy Labour Day and such a beautiful poem of thanks to these people who have laboured for us night and day.
Happy Labor Day. 🇺🇸
And to you! 🇺🇸
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.
And don’t forget Grocery store employees and truckers! Our little town looks like this too. I LOVE IT! 🥰 Happy Labour Day!
Yes! They are saints. We’re lucky to live in a small town. Thanks, Deborah. 🥰
Beautiful Labor Day post, Jennie. I hope you are having a great day
Thank you, John. It was a picture perfect day with plenty of yard work. Great day!
So nice to hear. 😊
A beautiful post of appreciation
I love the displays of flags near us too.
It’s a wonderful thing to see.
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.
Thank you, Diana. I echo your words!
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!!!
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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.
I think so, too. It feels right to be especially thankful this year. I hope you enjoyed the long weekend.
Thank you, Liz! 🙂
You’re welcome, Jennie!
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
I bet it did!