Today is Labor Day here in the U.S. The last day of a three day weekend and for most folks it marks the unofficial end of summer.
This is according to the Dept. of Labor. "Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
I thought it would be interesting to talk about our first job. My first real job was as an usherette at the *Heilig Theater* I worked part time there during high school. My Father didn't really want me to work but I wanted to so he made a deal with me, I could work if I put half my pay check in saving. Something I did religiously. Since I was paid 35 cents an hour I can't say my savings account was ever huge but I added to it with every paycheck.
I have fond memories of that time. Being an usherette at one of the two major movie theaters in town was considered rather glamorous and a plum job for a teenager. It was back in the day when movie theaters had a door man and usherettes wore a uniform and carried a flashlight. When a major new film was being shown there was often a waiting line behind a big red satin rope in the lobby.
Our uniforms were quite attractive if a bit military looking. Usherettes had a dressing room to use to change from our street clothes. It was located behind the stage and complete with fancy mirrors. lights and all. I think it was left over from the days when the theater actually held live productions.
Do you remember your first job? Like it or hate it?