Labor of love

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe From left, Kylan Zimmerman, 5, goes fishing at Ned Houk Park with his great-grandfather Bobby Whitley, his brother Christopher Zimmerman, 8, and Whitley’s brother-in-law Robert Love.

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
From left, Kylan Zimmerman, 5, goes fishing at Ned Houk Park with his great-grandfather Bobby Whitley, his brother Christopher Zimmerman, 8, and Whitley’s brother-in-law Robert Love.

By Emily Crowe
CNJ staff writer
ecrowe@cnjonline.com

Robert Love and Bobby Whitley spent Monday teaching a much younger generation the basics of fishing.

The two spent the afternoon at Ned Houk Park with Whitley’s great-grandsons, Kylan Zimmerman, 5, and Christopher Zimmerman, 8, and taught the boys how to bait a hook and cast a line.

Love, an aircraft mechanic from Clovis, said Labor Day is a good time to spend with family.

“I usually work,” he said. “I took off today. But everybody’s probably hollering (about me not being there).”

Labor Day weekend was a time for family for many Clovis residents. As Monday’s overcast and rainy morning cleared into a sunny afternoon, picnics sprouted up in local parks and residents got outside for some fun.

Chrissy Jacklin, a New Mexico Department of Transportation officer, spent Sunday and Monday washing cars with several of her nieces and nephews.

Jacklin and her family members were raising money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Amarillo. They raised $400 Sunday in memory of Jacklin’s grandmother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2006.

“They were off of school, and I didn’t have to work,” Jacklin said of the timing of the car wash.

Clovis resident Cristy Cross and her family traveled to her hometown of Tahoka, Texas, Sunday for a family reunion, with many of her kin seeing each other for the first time in seven years.

She even had the opportunity to check out her childhood home while back in the small town.

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe Cameron Trujillo, 14, sprays down a vehicle during a car wash Monday that was held with his family members. The group was raising money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to be held in Amarillo later this month.

CNJ staff photo: Emily Crowe
Cameron Trujillo, 14, sprays down a vehicle during a car wash Monday that was held with his family members. The group was raising money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to be held in Amarillo later this month.

“We all hung out and had fun,” she said. “It was just a great family weekend, sitting around reminiscing and having a good time.”

For Sarah Cross of Clovis, getting to spend time with her family and friends over a bonfire was better than going out of town for the weekend.

“You don’t have to go somewhere,” she said. “You make your own memories.”

What is Labor Day?

• 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 the country.

• The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor