There are so many holidays.
But there are few as mysterious to the
Is it to celebrate those who have labored?
If so, why do we get the day off from work?
Dylan and Natalie discuss the true meaning of this bank holiday.
And talk about some of their labors of love.
What do you get when you put a microphone in front of two Original Soupman Soup Club Members and best-friend-bloggers, Natalie and Dylan?
A declaration of their passion for the Original Soupman’s Soups?
A recipe for a warm, happy belly hugging your heart?
Or something else…
Int. Natalie’s Apartment – Afternoon
NATALIE: Monday is a holiday.
DYLAN: Yeah, it is.
NATALIE: You’re excited about this? This doesn’t seem like your kinda thing. The type that you would get excited over.
DYLAN: How would this not be my “kinda thing?”
NATALIE: This coming Monday is the 3rd.
DYLAN: It’s the 2nd. Right?
NATALIE: No, the 3rd. Sunday is the 2nd.
DYLAN: Huh. Then it has become exceedingly clear that we are talking about two different celebratory days.
NATALIE: Should I go first? Or would you like to?
DYLAN: My assumption is that while you have done valuable research that will educate and enlighten our fan base – a fan base that I assume only consists of a few scattered family members and friends – but enlighten them all the same.
NATALIE: Yeah. You should definitely go first.
DYLAN: Sunday. It’s Sunday, right?
NATALIE: Sunday. Yes.
DYLAN: Sunday is World Coconut Day. It’s a global celebration of what I assume is a fruit that permeates our everyday life with a scent that brings the beach home. Whether it be suntan lotion or perfume…
NATALIE: Or shampoo.
DYLAN: Shampoo, yes! There are so many things that taste and smell like it. I hope you don’t hate it, because it’s everywhere.
NATALIE: Let’s not forget the pina colada.
DYLAN: Yummy and coconutty.
NATALIE: Who says you’re not educational?
DYLAN: Most people…
NATALIE: I want to offer up a little something about the national recess known as Labor Day.
DYLAN: I never thought about it like that; as an adult recess of sorts.
NATALIE: Not exactly what I meant…
DYLAN: I know. But still, we should start thinking about it that way. The song says that everybody’s working for the weekend. But we should be working for the LONG weekend.
NATALIE: That’s deep. My question for you is this: Do you have any idea what Labor Day is?
DYLAN: No jokes. Let me take my best guess.
DYLAN: It’s a day to celebrate those hard-working men and women in this country. Let them know that their calloused hands and strained backs have not been for naught. And not just those who are working in the steel mills and coal mines today. But those who have come before. Year after year. Decade after decade.
NATALIE: I never knew you were such a romantic.
DYLAN: Yeah. Me neither. But I try.
NATALIE: Good to know.
DYLAN: How close was I?
NATALIE: Not too far, I must say.
DYLAN: Dylan for the win.
NATALIE: It’s changed over the years though. Started in the same vein as what you’ve so clearly painted a picture. I won’t bore you with all of the extreme details and minutiae. Long story short, a couple of guys… Both connected to unions… They wanted to give something back to the working class. The first Monday in September, it was. Due to the optimum conditions, weather and all. Also, it’s halfway in between the two major calendar dates of Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July.
DYLAN: That’s crazy.
NATALIE: It became an official National Holiday in 1894.
DYLAN: So, I was right. Not just partially right.
NATALIE: Here’s where you only get partial credit. It’s kinda like Arbor Day. Nobody remembers all that. Most everyone gets off from work. School’s back in for the most part. The kids don’t care why, just that they are, out again so close to the summer.
DYLAN: Millennials? Ugh. The worst.
NATALIE: Sure. It’s JUST the millennials. Not anyone and everyone else who counts it as the unofficial end of the summer. Hitting the biggest sale before Black Friday. We probably should be using it as a day of contemplation… But we just use it as another excuse to spend money.
DYLAN: Way to be a Debbie Downer.
NATALIE: Let’s meet in the middle. Buy soup from the Original Soupman. Remember the work that went into producing it?
DYLAN: Compromise accepted. And while you get everyone on board that train, I’ll start a petition to get Coconut Day declared as a holiday.
NATALIE: Oh, really?
DYLAN: The slogan: You put the lime in the coconut and enjoy your day off while you drink ‘em both up!
NATALIE: Your priorities are aligned with only the best of us. Til next week…
DYLAN: And I’m Dylan.