September 2, 2013
It's been 20 years since my Poppop left this world, but still, every Labor Day I think of him saying, any Sunday we were together, "So, tomorrow's Labor Day, right?" He also made a "haddock" pun that I can't remember right now, and tell us he was on a "seafood diet", crinkly-eyed laughing, as he said, in his gravelly Polish accent, "I see food, I eat it!" He'd simultaneously tell us these jokes as if he'd never done so before and as if he'd relayed them countless times. And I'd respond in kind, groan-laughing and sighing, a labor of love.