I’ve written about this before – how for 50 years Labor Day marked some rite of passage in my life. Whether it was going back to school or university myself, Maria returning to her teacher’s job, Sarah going back to elementary school, secondary school or university – Labor Day indicated that change was here once more.

Now it’s less of a milestone – although the grandchildren are ready to go back, that’s more of a parental than a grandpa issue.

Now Labor Day marks the time of cooler weather (hopefully) and less crowded venues. It’s time for memories such as the one above from Labor Day 1982. And the fact that it’s been 22 years (!) since we took Sarah up to Guelph for her freshman orientation.

This year Maria’s sister Patricia will not be returning to school – she’s retired, and soon will be on her way to a Hawaiian holiday. She’s still sending kids off to uni though – her youngest just enrolled at McMaster. Rites of passage.