Laboring Through the Day

When I was young, my parents told us kids that Labor Day was a day set aside for families to labor together.  Clever spin.  Every year, on the first Monday of September, we were awakened early to start a day of cleaning out the garage, or weeding the garden, or scrubbing floors, or canning peaches, or whatever.

Funny thing, even after all these years, some parts of me still struggle to overcome that early Labor Day teaching. I think I’ll spend today organizing my cluttered office.  Making order out of my three books-in-progress piles.  Finishing the curriculum for children’s church.  Wrapping up the Gideon 34 movie script.

Well, not the whole day. I’ll risk defying my mom and dad and spend some time (gasp!) RELAXING!  Walking along the river with my sweet husband, perhaps.  And reading.  Maybe catching a bit of the Twilight Zone marathon.

And I will allow myself a few minutes to lament the end of summer.

“I recommend you to take care of the minutes; the hours will take care of themselves.”

~ Lord Chesterfield~

About kaystrom

Kay Marshall Strom, who am I? Well, I’m a traveler, a railer against social injustice, a passionate citizen of the world. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m a 21st century abolitionist who speaks out against slavery of all kinds. I am a beach walker and a gardener and the off-key singer of songs. I’m a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter, a friend. Most people, though, know me as a writer and a speaker. So here is a bit more about that part of my life: Of my 43 published books, seventeen have been translated into foreign languages, and two have been optioned for movies. My writing credits include magazine articles, books for children, short stories, television scripts and two prize-winning screenplays. I love to write, and speak, about topics close to my heart. I speak at seminars, retreats, writer’s conferences, and special events throughout the country. And because I enjoy travel, I even speak on cruise ships. Because I don’t see how a writer can really reflect another people and land without spending time there, I’ve been trekking through India, China, Indonesia, Cambodia, Nepal, Sudan, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, Japan and South Korea, tape recorder and camera in hand, to gather stories from the world-wide family of God. Thanks to my “virtual friendship” with John Newton, 17th century slave ship captain turned preacher, I traveled through Ireland. In West Africa I toured an old slave fortress off the coast and saw a tiny set of baby manacles bolted to the wall. I was struck dumb. From that horror came a story question, and from that question, my foray into fiction: The Grace in Africa trilogy. Come join me as I travel and rail against injustice. Maybe you will choose to be a 21st century abolitionist too.
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3 Responses to Laboring Through the Day

  1. Sounds like a great plan. So how was it?

    In my family, with both my parents teachers, we spent Labor Day getting ready for school. That’s how I spent most of mine, too. So now that I’m writing and editing, it felt just like another day at the office.


  2. Cool post . Cheers for, posting on my blog man. Ill email you!

  3. kaystrom says:

    Yep, Becky, that’s the problem with working at home. No such thing as holiday. On the other hand, we have great flexibility. I wouldn’t change it for anything!

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