From NextLevel Thinking…
We hope your holidays are full of joy and a few surprises.
Merry Christmas from our families to yours!
-The NextLevel Team
“While only one day a year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans, Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our fellow countrymen have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.”
2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of Veteran’s Day and the end of World War I. Discover the origins of Armistice Day, now Veterans Day, from National Museum of American History curator Frank Blazich.
1. The idea first became public in 1882. In September 1882, the unions of New York City decided to have a parade to celebrate their members being in unions, and to show support for all unions. At least 20,000 people were there, and the workers had to give up a day’s pay to attend. There was also a lot of beer involved in the event.
2. The New York parade inspired other unions. Other regions started having parades, and by 1887, Oregon, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado made Labor Day a state holiday.
3. How did the Haymarket Affair influence Labor Day? On May 4, 1886, a bomb exploded at a union rally in Chicago’s Haymarket Square, which led to violence that killed seven police officers and four others. The incident also led to May 1 being celebrated in most nations as Workers Day. The U.S. government chose Labor Day instead to avoid a celebration on May 1 and New York’s unions had already picked the first Monday in September for their holiday.
4. Two people with similar names are credited with that first New York City event. Matthew Maguire, a machinist, and Peter McGuire, a carpenter, have been linked to the 1882 parade. The men were from rival unions; in 2011, Linda Stinson, a former U.S. Department of Labor’s historian, said she didn’t know which man should be credited – partially because people over the years confused them because of their similar-sounding names.
5. Grover Cleveland helped make Labor Day a national holiday. After violence related to the Pullman railroad strike, President Cleveland and lawmakers in Washington wanted a federal holiday to celebrate labor – and not a holiday celebrated on May 1. Cleveland signed an act in 1894 establishing the federal holiday; most states had already passed laws establishing a Labor Day holiday by that point. Sen. James Henderson Kyle of South Dakota introduced S. 730 to make Labor Day a federal legal holiday on the first Monday of September. It was approved on June 28, 1894.
6. The holiday has evolved over the years. In the late 19th century, celebrations focused on parades in urban areas. Now the holiday is a celebration that honors organized labor with fewer parades, and more activities. It also marks the perceived end of the summer season.
7. Can you wear white after Labor Day? This old tradition goes back to the late Victorian era, where it was a fashion faux pas to wear any white clothing after the summer officially ended on Labor Day. The tradition isn’t really followed anymore. EmilyPost.com explains the logic behind the fashion trend – white indicated you were still in vacation mode at your summer cottage.
8. Labor Day is the unofficial end of Hot Dog season. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council says that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans will eat 7 billion hot dogs.
9. How many people are union members today? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 14.8 million union members in the workforce in 2017. There were 17.7 million in 1983.
10. What is the biggest union today? The National Education Association has about 3 million people who are members, including inactive and lifetime members.
Happy Father’s Day! In time yore, the ultimate mother threat was, “Just wait till your father gets home.” Meant to instill terror in a child’s heart, it usually succeeded because father was that big scary person brought in to apply consequences when mother’s authority was undermined.
Thank God that has changed, at least in most families. To today’s child, the phrase instills pleasure instead of fear. I wonder how many fathers realize that anticipation of their homecoming is often the highlight of their children’s day. Don’t believe this? Okay, let’s explain it.
Wait till your father comes home means the security of knowing you have a father when half the kids in your class don’t. And it means knowing he will come home, when this is an uncertainty among your friends. It means you are special enough to make him want to come home to you. It means you are more important to him than all those other things he could be doing…drinking with his friends, working out, going to a baseball game without you, etc.
Wait till your father comes home means he will be home to answer your endless questions, especially the how’s and where’s and whys, as in, “How do butterflies know when to come out of the cocoon?” and “Where does the white go when the snow melts?” and “Why do I have to go?” As you get older and struggle with acne, then income tax forms, and maybe broken hearts or marriages, he’s still there to answer your questions.
Wait till your father comes home means relief from and for Mom who has run out of patience, energy and answers to, “Now what can I do?” Dad means dangling on the knee, wrestling on the floor, and working on the car together. It means a new parent to badger, and new gender to enjoy, and a new body to cuddle up next to when you’ve all run out of ideas and pep.
Wait till your father comes home means, sometimes, the delicious thought of being invited to a game, a workout, or a fishing trip with him, that wonderful “out with Dad” experience that most kids dream of but rarely get, especially if you’re a girl. Being out with Dad means being treated like a miniature grownup and it doesn’t end with the outing because you play it over and over in your mind for weeks, bragging to friends, “When my dad and I went…” and they listen with wistful envy.
Wait till your father comes home means, sometimes, a long wait, if he’s out of town on business, in the military on duty, or in the hospital with complications. You’re afraid he might forget what you look like because he becomes fuzzy to you but you know he won’t because dads don’t forget like kids do. Sometimes you think he’s never coming back but you know he will because he’s your father and he’ll bring you something, too. And he’ll say how big you’ve grown and how proud he is of you and you forgive him for being away.
Finally, wait till your father comes home means that when his big scary hairy body shrinks and wears out, and God calls him to live with Him in His eternal love, you know you have a special ally up there, rooting for you, because he always has. You know, deep down, death won’t stop him from loving you. And you come to know that you aren’t alone – God has been waiting for your father to come home , too.
Written by Dolores Curran, a mother of three children, who lives in Littleton, Colorado. The article was published on June 2, 1995 and sent to Eric Poerschke by his mother to wish him a Happy Father’s Day.
While the first commemorative Memorial Day events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor. In Athens, public funerals for fallen soldiers were held after each battle, with the remains of the dead on display for public mourning before a funeral procession took them to their internment in the Kerameikos, one of the city’s most prestigious cemeteries. One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Do you realize that Easter falls on April 1st this year? 2018 provides an interesting opportunity for all of us to have a little Easter themed April Fool’s fun with the children (or adults) in our lives.
We’re sharing our favorite, easy pranks from around the web:
#1 Easter Bunny Poop!
Easter Bunny Poop! Yes, poop is gross, but I don’t know what it is about potty humor that makes kids (and some adults) laugh.
You can either leave a trail of bunny poop (jelly beans) or leave a handful in your toilet. Either way your are sure to get lots of giggles. [Source]
#2 Egg Dyeing 101
Swap out a few of the hard-boiled eggs with raw ones in hopes that someone will accidentally squeeze too hard or drop it when they’redecorating.
Messy? Yes. Funny? Absolutely!
Tip: Make sure you somehow mark the raw eggs so you know which is which afterwards. [Source]
#3 What’s in the Easter Egg?
This year fill eggs with goodies like veggies, empty candy wrappers, or better yet, candy wrappers that have had the candy swapped with veggies. Ew!
If you need to prep things ahead of time, consider stuffing eggs with fake money, instead of real. [Source]
We hope your Easter is blessed and full of laughter.
The NextLevel Thinking Team
-Every Mom & Dad on Halloween
(Clockwise from Top: Nolan, Sam, & Kristen Dyson; Gentry, Holden, & Landry Kate Lockhart; Trey, Kyle, & Erin Poerschke; Lyla Steed)
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
Mother’s Day is all about honoring your mom, motherhood and acknowledging the influence of mothers in our society. Be sure to take the time this week to applaud and appreciate all those moms who have made a significant contribution in your life- both personally and professionally.
Happy Mother’s Day from the Moms of NLT!
Kristen Dyson, Kristin Steed & Tara Lockhart
NextLevel Thinking is proud to employ three wonderful, work-from-home moms on our Account Management Team.
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man!” — Benjamin Franklin
Happy New Year from the Next Level Thinking Team!