We call this day Labor Day and ought to make more of a fuss about it than we do.
For a whole bunch of people, this holiday marks the real end to summer. Kids are off to school, some on bus each morning, some several hundred miles away at college. Boats will soon be coming out of the water and today might be the last big party at a river lot or lake house. The nights are cooler, the sun is setting sooner and coming up later.
But that's not what this day is about.
It's not supposed to be a melancholy observance of the end of another summer.
It's supposed to be a celebration of what we do most of the time.
And that's work.
Even in a moody economy - and that certainly describes it today - statistics say that about 93 percent of us are doing some form of labor these days. Some of it no one sees, some of it everybody sees. Some of it is glamorous, some of it humbling.
All of it is important.
Remember today that this country was built first on a yearning for freedoms of all kinds, but right after that on a quality of work ethic that has taken these United States of America from wilderness to the most envied nation in the world.
While we soberly admit that most envied status is teetering and in need of reenforcement, we are still a country of doers and problem solvers. The more our governments allow that American DNA to flourish, the greater the chance this country can reestablish itself as a world leader.
But even in troubled times of which these count we remain proud of the work ethic that makes America great. We believe it's still there but needs to be more consciously honored so that the kids of today, tomorrow's backbone of America, can look with pride on their futures and understand it is labor, not leisure, that makes us special.