Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day & the Time I Breastfed a Cabbage Patch Doll

A Google Images search for "labor" yielded these gems for your viewing pleasure:

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Source -- She once had such promise.  Get it together, Lohan!

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Source -- I will, thank you very much.


When I was a kid, I thought Labor Day was a day when women went into labor.  You see, these are the crazy things that a six-year-old girl thinks after observing her mother's pregnancy and experiencing the addition of her baby brother to the family.  I heard the term "labor" a lot, and I knew what it meant, so naturally, Labor Day was related to giving birth.

My parents had probably forgotten how observant children were until they saw me breastfeeding my Cabbage Patch doll while watching TV one night -- an over-the-shoulder baby blanket for privacy included.  (God bless them for praising my observations instead of laughing at me...  Maybe they shared a laugh in private.  I would have if I was them!)

According to the United States Department of Labor, the first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers.  Other states accepted the Labor Day holiday over the next two years, and on June 23, 1884, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. (Source

Clearly, babies have nothing to do with the holiday.  However, it does involve a day off from work for we Americans, so cheers to that!  Enjoy your Labor Day sans labor (unless you actually do deliver a baby today)!  I'm going to be getting my yoga on since it's National Free Day of Yoga!

13 comments:

Lori said...

Love that Rosie the Riveter picture! And wow! I never realized how long ago Labor Day was created :-) Have a great one!
Lori

Gesci said...

Happy Fall Monday Off! (I'll be honest- I have the hardest time remembering between Memorial Day and Labor Day which is in the spring and which is in the summer...) Also, why, WHY is there no picture of the cabbage patch doll nourishment?!

Lauren said...

Happy Labor Day!

That's awesome that you get free yoga classes today! It says national, but I don't see anything about that around here :/ I used to do yoga all the time (at home), but got out of it the past year or two - I'm considering taking a class, but I'm not sure.

Lauren
http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

Empirically Erin said...

Great story, Lindsay! My sister and I just giggled over that one!

Jess said...

National Free Day of Yoga? Amazing. Going to look at my gym's website now.

PS-You breastfeeding a babydolll--hilarious! I love it!

RadiantKristen said...

Lindsay, that is the best story of playing mommy I've ever heard. I think I'll be giggling about this one all day. Enjoy your yoga and your day off of work!

Whitney H said...

That totally sounds like something that I would do! haha Oh us...

Alana Christine said...

bhahahahaha. I think I tried that when I was little, too!

deertale said...

What a cute story! Labor day, it only makes sense :) It's also nice learning about the holiday! I never knew any of that! Have a great holiday!

Elle Johns said...

Hahaha that's hilarious...Happy Labor Day! :) Your blog is awesome-just became a member/follower of your blog. I hope you'll follow me back and we can keep in touch. Happy Blogging!!! 

Elle xoxo

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Megan G. said...

Some very cool facts about Labor Day and I love the Rosie the Riveter image. :) Also, I think it's pretty adorable that you breastfed your Cabbage Patch kid like a pro at such a young age!

Kristen @ KV's Confessions said...

tehehe this totally cracked me up... that's something I would do. i hope when you have babies you have one on labor day!!

Beverly Frazier said...

LOL.. hilarious little innocent cute girl is how I imagine you! How cute is that to be feeding your cabbage patch doll with a blanket for privacy! Not even for reals mamas do that all the time! HAHAHA

Nevertheless, you still had the concept of LABOR down as a kiddo... you just had a different definition. Quite a creative and innovative mind if you ask me!

xo, Bev