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Enjoy A Day Of Rest

Do you remember when stores were not open on Sundays? Well, since that all changed decades ago, only a few businesses hold on to the tradition of closing on Sundays for various reasons.

Lately, however, Mondays and Tuesdays have become the Sundays of years past. I have noticed more and more businesses have limited their operating hours.

It’s no secret that retailers, restaurant owners and other business owners are desperate to hire workers. The help wanted signs are on business doors and signposts everywhere you look.

I won’t get into the politics behind this need for people to leave home and go to work. However, it’s getting so frustrating for some to find a closed sign on the door to a business that you have taken for granted as always open.

Many businesses are offering sign-on bonuses that rival any Christmas cash offered by generous employers. Yet, not even the monetary carrot dangling out there is bringing people back to work.

I’m beginning to think history is about to repeat itself. Maybe reducing the work week to six days instead of seven isn’t such a bad thing. What would be so wrong with restoring Sundays as a day of rest?

Of course, there are essential workers needed in place on Sundays to keep our cities and counties operating safely and keeping us informed. That has always been the case.

Baby boomers grew up knowing that shopping was a Saturday excursion to downtown or your local mom and pop store. Later, it was Saturday at the mall. If you worked in retail on Saturdays, you had a day off through the week to accomplish your shopping or other errands.

But you always knew that Sunday was coming, and it was a laid back, non-working day. It was not for mowing the lawn or housework. You might have raked leaves but that was just for the fun of having the kids jump into the piles you scraped together.

Perhaps you attended church or spent a lazy afternoon reading the newspaper.

Sunday traditions included family dinners at home or at grandparents’ homes. Children and adults enjoyed something lost on the current generation — face to face conversations without cell phones or emails. Conversations would be lively, sometimes funny and always shared.

I know that times have changed but the need for such “Sunday” things has not. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it has cleared our vision to let us see what’s really important in our lives.

Enjoy your Sunday and all the good things that go with it. Monday can wait.

Heather Ziegler can be reached via email at hziegler@theintelligencer.net.

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