Labor Day was originally founded to celebrate the contributions that every worker in the U.S. has made to our nation. Originally celebrated with picnics and parades back in the 1880s, the holiday is still a “worker’s holiday.” We may have done away with most of the parades, but we still love our Labor Day picnics! (For a quick history of Labor Day and why we celebrate it, see The History of Labor Day on the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s website.)
So this year, as we feast on allergy-safe treats with friends and family, remember to say “thank you” to everyone who has been working hard over the past year to make the world an easier place to live in for those of us with food allergies. Whether they are volunteers at a FAAN walk, legislators willing to sponsor allergy-related legislation, teachers who go the extra mile for a food-allergic student, volunteers who run food-allergy advocacy and education groups (like our very own Michelle Fogg of UFAN!), medical researchers pursuing treatments and cures, reporters spreading the word, chefs creating food-allergy cookbooks, babysitters who ask how to keep their little charges safe, or even TV script writers who write a line of dialogue that gives a favorite character a food allergy – they all deserve a little recognition and a whole lot of thanks!
And thanks to you, too, for taking time out of your labor-intensive week to read my blog once in a while. You make it fun for me to keep it going.
Now stop working and go enjoy that picnic!