Labor Day is the one day ants all over the world celebrate their lifestyle, which is all about labor. This holiday is their most religious and sacred. Today I will share with you some of the joy of these celebratory activities. Here an ant rises to greet with the dawn with the traditional Labor Day carol: “Sun Arise! Ye Merry Sisters Rejoice!”
Another Labor Day dawn hymn: “Work We Must, But The Slaughtered Caterpillar is Free.”
Here an ant tries to select the biggest and juiciest aphid for the traditional Labor Day feast. Everyone is worried! How will the aphid turn out this year? Moist or Dry? The nest is starting to fill with the delicious smell of aphid preparations!
And as Labor Day comes to a close, ants everywhere stop to reflect on the year–the battles won, the enemies subdued, the pantries raided, the tunnels dug, and the sisters lost to the travails of existence. What will the next year bring? Who will yet stand with us next year when we again sing the carols to Labor Day? How many sisters will be added by the beloved queen? What new terrors will emerge into a universe of battle and struggle? Yet life is good and though we are here for just a moment let us remember, as Labor Day teaches, that the conflict is not for us, but for the colony.