I've really done a turn around on Labor Day.
When I was a little kid, Labor Day meant dread-- the end of the summer, the beginning of school.
When I hit my teens, Labor Day meant anticipation. I still wasn't thrilled with going back to school, but I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. There was a definite "Let's get this over with" attitude.
Labor Day in college didn't mean much. Yes, new semester, new classes. But, I attended class every summer, so it really wasn't much of a change. School was a year-round thing.
After college, and when I began working, I always managed to schedule a vacation week for September. This year is no different. More on that later in the week.
Remember what the day is all about.