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Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is an uncelebrated holiday. Probably the most uncelebrated of all the federal holidays.  Most see it as the last three day weekend of the summer to enjoy with family before the school year “get’s serious.”   In actuality, this holiday was created by President Grover Cleveland as what was considered political “appeasement” to trade workers after the Pullman strike and subsequent riots and loss of lives at The Pullman Company in Chicago in 1894.  I will not bore you with the details, but there is an excellent summary here if you are interested.

Photo by Frank McKenna on Unsplash
I see it a bit differently as my dad was a union electrician, my maternal grandfather was a union textile worker, and my paternal grandfather was a union railroad worker.  They were all hard working tradesmen and from our family experience were taken care of by the unions that represented them. So for me, today, I celebrate the men in my family who worked in difficult and risk-filled jobs that allowed them to raise their families in a decent “middle-ish” class lifestyle.

So today raise a glass to all of the hard working members of your family.

Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

A Cheese Update

In case you are wondering, yes I am still enjoying the “self-aged” block of goat gouda. That said, it got a bit too dry to slice and have on a baguette.  I am thinking I am going to grate it and use it in a mac & cheese recipe.  It has that sharpness to it that will be a perfect accent in that dish.  Stay tuned.

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And if you missed Friday’s post, you can click here to read about this cheese.

 


Perfectly Imperfect

On Saturday I shot a wedding for two gals that I have become quite fond. We hit it off the moment we met when they were interviewing me about photographing their wedding. They chose my company even though I told them that I would not be able to shoot the event personally. You see Labor Day weekend was when Gary and I traveled to Provincetown for our vacation. But I really clicked with these ladies, and I wanted to be there. So last March I floated the idea with Gary to move the vacation to Carnival Week. He was in agreement, the Inn had availability and allowed us to change our dates. We moved our vacation and loved Carnival so much we are going back the same time next year.  When I called my clients and told them the news, they were thrilled.

Fast forward to Saturday. One of the bride’s aunt did a reading. There was a line in the passage that really resonated with me, and I wanted to share it with you.  It seems there are several versions online now and as far as the internet is considered the author is unknown.  It does not have a title, so I am calling it “Maybe.”

The line that strikes a chord with me goes like this…

“MAYBE, love is not about finding the perfect person; it’s about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.”

This line applies to any relationship… just substitute the word person with whatever relationship is complicated right now and see if you can see that person perfectly as they are, not as you want them to be.

Here are a couple of images from the beautiful wedding at the Cotton Dock at Boone Hall Plantation.  Congrats Jenn and Monica!

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So On This Uncelebrated Holiday…

Celebrate your hard work and that of all others.

Take risks be it with “spoiled cheese” or any undertaking.

Love the imperfect people in your life.

And relax.. like the lions above in the featured image!


That is all for now.

Cheers,

Rick

 

Note about the featured image: I captured this image while on safari in the Massai Mara in Kenya back in 2008. I feel fortunate to have caught them both yawning at the same time.

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