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“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’”

According to Wikipedia, Labor Day “in the United States, is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.” So, in other words, today we celebrate the great work and fruits of our labor by, (wait for it) taking the day off!

As we have witnessed the worst of Mother Nature, we have experienced the best of America. As reported on ABC News, one of the traffic jams in the beleaguered, storm ravaged Houston area were bumper to bumper boats “to the rescue!”

Volunteers mobilizing what some are describing as their own Dunkirk, a reference to the World War II rescue (many wouldn’t have understood without the recent release of a film by the same name) in which an ad hoc civilian armada helped ferry the British Army out of France.

For several days now, amateur boaters have flocked toward the center of Harvey’s wrath from all over Texas, and for that matter, all over the country, with their fishing boats, airboats, private catamarans and pleasure craft, now pressed into service by their owners and operators as rescue boats. The so-called (beloved) “Cajun Navy” is once again stepping up. Americans truly are at their best when things are at their worst.

It’s important to note that at a time of great disconnection and arguments over history (goodbye Columbus Day, hello indigenous people day), two events captured our attention (the total solar eclipse) and our hearts (helping the people hit by the storm), bringing us all closer together than we have been in a while. Let’s see how long it lasts.

Paul W. Smith hosts The Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.

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