Labor Day in NYC

It’s that time of year once again. Yes kids, it’s time for you to go back to school so your parents’ vacations can start. Ha. We know how that goes.   Even for adults and parents alike, Labor Day is always a bit of a drag, being the end of summer and all. So let's be oh so American and celebrate the day, even if you are reading this long after it’s passed.

If you’re here in NYC then you are in the birthplace of Labor Day. According to the Department of Labor website, although the first Labor Day law was enacted in Oregon, New York City was the first city to celebrate the day in 1882. The purpose of the day is to serve as “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” And who doesn’t like a pat on the back for a job well done, especially those jobs that are demanding and difficult. In a most deliciously American fashion the day has morphed into one of beach blankets, hot dogs, and, ironically, a day off of work, but it’s still a day to recognize those who keep the country running. Personally as your NYC podiatrist I’m hoping that includes all workers, including those in the service sector. We celebrate work as an ideal, and recognize the foundation upon which the country and economy are built. No matter which meshugena candidate you are pulling for this November (hint: my candidate of choice didn’t run), it’s the ideals of hard work, opportunity and community that have always made America great, and continue to make it great (again? Ugh). And in the end, it’s the factories, stores, companies, and yes, service industries, that have supported, and continue to support our commerce and economy, and as goofy as it sounds, way of life that still-thankfully- attracts immigrants worldwide.

What does all this have to do with feet? Who knows, probably very little. Since it’s my blog I get to ramble on a bit once in a while, and as it is a free country my dear NYC podiatry patients have the liberty to choose to read the cereal box instead. Just wanted to recognize those who work so hard every day chasing the American Dream. And to assure you all that no matter what happens in November, the country will survive and thrive - we have survived even worse before.

See you in the office.

Ernest Isaacson

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