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Labor-less Day

The Family Stew Cartoon:
Caption: Labor-Less Day

What do you do for fun on Labor-Less Day?  I have fond memories… Thinking back visualizing myself back there having fun with my family.  It feels goods, and it’s good for our mental health to jog our memory.

Labor Day

Gowing up, Labor Day was the last hurra-day, the last time to have fun was on Labor Day! School started after Labor Day in Massachusets.  Not sure if it’s true anymore, here in Florida my kids went back to school about a month ago. Still, I have fond memories of the family going to Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester (How a real New Englander pronounces “Gloucester”, *Glaw-St-a*), Massachusets.

In the early 80’s my family would go one or two times a year, I could never pronounce Wingaersheek. I would chant the last part of the word to “Wingaer$h!T.” Needless to say, my parents were not happy, but I was too young (9 -10ish) to truly appreciate my word slippage.  I just knew it made my parents laugh, so I kept saying it.  It wasn’t often that I could make them both laugh, so I remember this memory fondly.

Sand Dollars Everywhere!

It was at the beach I discovered Sand dollars.  At low tide, they were everywhere.   My sisters and I would collect them in the buckets.  Bring them home and boil and bleach them.

Recently, my family visited Fort Myers Beach here in Florida.  The kids and Mom (Joan Winifred) collect all types of Sea Shells on the beach.  Some of the Sea Shell we could identify from a shell bag we bought. They found: Pear Whelks, Chestnut Latirus, Fig Shell, Sentis Scallop, Apple Murex and Florida Cone to name a few.

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And on the first day, my oldest daughter got stung by a stingray in her finger.

How did she get it on her finger?  We (my kids and me) were diving for Sand dollars. We had a bunch, and I was thinking back to my childhood and all the fun we had fun finding them.  Well, first I should let you know my daughter was/is okay.  The place we were staying had an info book and in it was instructions on what to do if someone gets stung.

On the back page was information about Sand Dollar (or how I say it *Sanddaller*.)  One I wish I read sooner. Turns out: it is illegal to collect LIVE Sand Dollars, the fine is $50.00 per Sand Dollar.  OMG! I might know someone that had a few Sand Dollars, and I might know someone who rushed back to the beach and went back into the water and gently placed the Sand Dollars back into the Ocean.  All were alive and well this unknown person told me.  I say alive and well, unharmed, and safely back in the ocean.

The next day the entire family and I went for a bike ride down to the end of the beach.  There is a public park and that is when I found the sign below.  I wish someone read this sooner.  The family stuck to collecting legal DEAD Sea Shells.

What memories of Labor Day do you have?

What memories of Labor Day do You have?  (Labor-less Day)

Feel free to share them in the comments below.

I know in some areas people organize barbecues, sports events or watch football.  Some places even have fireworks displays during Labor Day weekend.


Sea Shell ID – Publisher Unknown | Photo By Chato Stewart 8/6/2017 |

The Family Stew Cartoon by Chato Stewart 9/3/2017

Labor-less Day

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2017). Labor-less Day. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 5, 2020, from


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