I know that it seems like being a teacher, you get all of these days off. All of the holidays, and special observances, but it only seems that way. In reality, as a teacher, I stop looking at these three day weekends as a short vacation, and start looking at them as a chance to get caught up.
My whole life I have been about one step behind where I need to be. Always having at least one more thing to do before I was completely able to relax. So, being a teacher, this has only been heightened. Every night I bring home about 3 or 4 things that I really need to get done, and I think to myself, "If I could just get these few things done, I would be completely caught up." But it never happens!
I get home and I want to see the kids, and I want to chat with my wife, and there is this errand to run, etc.
So, when an extra day comes along I think to myself, "...an extra day! Man, I can get caught up!"
Unfortunately, in my house, I am the only one who thinks of these days as extra work days. So, I end up in the same boat... not getting anything done, staying behind...
Oh well, I guess they made Labor day for something.