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17 Oct / Labour day

I’ve just discovered that I’m very bad at planning. Here I am, taking a six month break from work, and I’ve planned it during the time when we have the highest proportion of Public Holidays to work days in the year.

I was reminded of this yesterday when my darling came home and said he was looking forward to Labour Day.

It’s a great holiday, cleverly planned for a Monday so we always get a long weekend, and celebrating the joys of only working a forty hour week. I remember those days fondly.

But the greatest thing about Labour Day is that it means that Canterbury Anniversary is on the way. That’s even better because it’s always on a Friday (long weekend again) and isn’t taken on our actual anniversary day which is sometime in December where it’s wasted because you’re probably on holiday anyway, but instead on Show Day which is usually magically arranged to be on the hottest November day of the year.

I have very fond memories of Show Day when I was a kid and we went to the actual show. The world was full of sheep that you were allowed to pat, ghost trains that were very short, and lucky dips where it didn’t matter what you picked because everything was nothing you actually wanted.

All that and the blazing sun above, no shelter, and the main foodgroup available was toffee apples.

I haven’t been to a show for a very long time so it’s likely those memories will never be overwritten.

Of course once you get past the excitement of Show Day we’re heading straight into Christmas (two days) New Years (two days) and then ending the holiday season with Waitangi Day in February.

Nice.

Until I’m sitting at home every day, in which case Public Holidays just seem like a party that everyone else gets to have. Still, I suppose I can put aside my word count for the day and pretend it applies to me equally.

By Katherine Hayton in Katherine Hayton's Blog

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