This weekend the U,S, is celebrating Labor Day, which began on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. It became a national holiday in 1884 under President Grover Cleveland recognizing the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers in the development and achievements of the United States. I have been a member of two different unions in two of my past jobs, one the International Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. The first was occasioned by my work as a laborer on two different railroads, the Pennsylvania and New York Central and the second as a bus driver in New Jersey and Connecticut. Those are stories for another time. And women were members of the “brotherhood” too!
What occurred to me this Labor Day weekend was to create a Play Day weekend for you, my readers. Those who know me will understand without further explanation. Suffice to say that artists I have known and seen consider their work like play. These include, and are not limited to, painters, potters, weavers, poets, writers, sculptors, musicians, dancers, designers, architects, some teachers, and scientists. Others?
I wrote a haiku recently, “Bougainvillea……Cascading purple flowers……Magenta Magic” and a friend responded by sharing that there is a #Magenta Monday on Twitter and sure enough, there it is. My mind works in strange ways and I wondered if someone had labeled every day of the week with a color. From there I thought OK, let’s do that and see if we can attach a flower’s name to every day, Sunday through Saturday. And why not fruits and vegetables too? Just for fun. Here are mine. If you want to add yours, please do. Or play the game this weekend with your family.
Sapphire Sunday Strawberry. Sun
Magenta Monday Mango. Mon
Taupe. Tuesday Tangerine. Tues
White. Wednesday Watermelon. Wed.
Tan Thursday Tamarind. Thurs.
Flaxen. Friday Fig. Fri
Scarlet. Saturday StarFruit. Sat.
Sunflower. Sun Shallot. Sun
Marigold. Mon Mushroom Mon
Tulip. Tues Tomato. Tues
Wisteria. Wednesday Water Chestnut Wed.
Tansy. Thursday Turnip. Thurs
Forsythia. Friday Fennel. Fri
Sweet Pea. Saturday Snow pea. Sat.
HAPPY PLAY DAY! And thanks to my readers this past month who are from the United States, Mexico, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Philippines, Pakistan, Turkey, Viet Nam, France, Spain, Bolivia, Serbia, and Maylaysia
*Thanks to Antonio Gabola for the featured photo.