R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Thoughts on Labor Day 2018

     Today, September 3, 2018, the first Monday of September, is a national holiday set aside to honor men and women who work hard and keep our nation running.

     The past couple weeks my blog posts have focused on the topic of respect, a value that is critical to me. Thoughts about what respect involves were ignited when Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, died, and one of her signature hits, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, was played repeatedly.

     The other evening, my husband and I took an early evening walk along Coeur d’Alene Lake. While strolling through Mc Euen Park on our way back to the car, we stopped at a beautiful memorial which honors a local police officer who was killed in the line of duty. I imagine you won’t be surprised when I tell you the word RESPECT, etched on a large stone in front of a lighted water fall at the memorial, grabbed my attention.

     The sentiment etched above the word RESPECT, seems fitting for today:

As long as there are men and women among us who are
willing to put their lives at risk for our freedom and safety,
there is indeed great hope for the future of the nation and our world.
     I’d like to express the deep respect I have for those men and women who go to work, and in doing so, literally lay their lives on the line daily.

     I’d like also to voice my respect for those willing to get out of bed day after day, year after year, making their way to factories, stores, restaurants, offices, hospitals and schools. Your willingness to labor faithfully makes our families and communities better!

Thank you, and may you feel blessed on this day honoring you!

Sue Reeve

One thought on “R-E-S-P-E-C-T

  1. What a beautiful tribute to our law enforcement officers who are in “harm’s way” daily! Not only do they deserve our respect, all of the professions mentioned in your blog deserve respect – they may not “feel like” getting up and going to work but they do so their families are fed, housed and clothed. I’d like to add to that list – all single parents, moms AND dads – I respect you for the tough job you have trying to raise children to be productive and law-abiding citizens while sacrificing so much to make it happen!

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