Lifeguards are only on duty between these two holidays. If you head to the beach today or tomorrow, there won't be any lifeguards. You swim at your own risk. Lifeguards only start working on Memorial Day.
Teens getting summer jobs start Memorial Day and end Labor Day. And schools don't re-open for the new school year until after Labor Day, when the "unofficial/official" summer vacation is over.
Most farm stands don't open until then.
Even our water park, Splish Splash, doesn't open until Memorial Day, no matter how hot and gorgeous the weather may be on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
Restaurants hire extra help during the "summer season".
I honestly thought that this is the way it is all over America. It was a few years after Andrew took up residency in Grandville, Michigan that I found out that the rest of the country doesn't consider Memorial Day the start of summertime.
Huh?! Boy, did I feel ridiculous!
The highway onto Long Island (especially out East here - because of the Hampton's) are jammed today. If you've never experienced a New York traffic jam, you would be in for an experience! From this weekend on, we must allow additional travel time to and from anywhere because of all the additional traffic the summer season brings.
"City slickers" are what we call the wealthy New York City residents who invade our peace and quiet. Some have second and third mansions out on the East End of the Island. They penetrate our little towns starting Memorial Day weekend. The not-as-rich City Slickers make day trips out to the beaches and farm stands. And they come and go, maybe staying for a weekend or go camping.
The Hampton's is where the rich and famous occupy their empty mansions for a couple of months out of the year. They hobnob and play for the summer, and have their chauffeur's roll out the Rolls Royce's and Bentley's. And as we pass these opulent vehicles on the road, I still gawk. You would think I was a tourist!
The entrance to Wildwood State Park is a couple of blocks from our house. So, the campers come and go, enjoying their family campfires and the beach. But, that brings a whole other set of noise, as the fire whistles are constantly going off - generally in the evening. The Wading River fire trucks whiz by en route to the park because some drunk camper did something stupid.
Ah...the start of summer...
Soon it will be over...After all, regardless of the weather, summer just comes to an abrupt end on Labor Day, when sandals get put away and shorts are packed up until next Memorial Day. No matter what the calendar says or how warm it is still, Labor Day ushers us into the fall season. There is a clear distinction from Labor Day to the next day because fall has now "unoffically/officially" begun and families have put summertime out of their minds as they prepare to head back to school in a day or two in their warmer fall clothing - whether it is hot out or not.
Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend - whether you are beginning summer or not. And let's all have grateful hearts for the real reason for our American holiday - for all the men and woman who have given their lives to protect our freedom or the freedom of other nations. God bless our soldiers!
Because of Him and Unto Him,