Today Is World Naked Gardening Day
Every year, the first Saturday in May is World Naked Gardening Day. That’s today, this year.
And have you heard anyone at your local garden center say, “Happy World Naked Gardening Day”? Probably not, and if we follow the logic of the American Family Association, that would mean that there is a War On World Naked Gardening Day.
From the World Naked Gardening Day web site: “Why garden naked? First of all, it’s fun! Second only to swimming, gardening is at the top of the list of family-friendly activities people are most ready to consider doing nude. Moreover, our culture needs to move toward a healthy sense of both body acceptance and our relation to the natural environment. Gardening naked is not only a simple joy, it reminds us — even if only for those few sunkissed minutes — that we can be honest with who we are as humans and as part of this planet.”
Honest? To be honest, I’m not sure my knees would feel very good if I were to kneel on the ground while doing the weeding for more than 5 minutes. My bare feet wouldn’t feel very good pushing a shovel into the ground either. Does it still count as naked if I wear knee pads and boots?
What exactly is “fun” about gardening naked? Do people who garden naked let out shouts of “woo hoo” while they’re putting seeds in the ground?
I’m also wondering about how being naked relates to our natural environment, in terms of gardening. Being naked is being totally natural for a human being, but gardening isn’t natural. A gardened environment is an artificial environment, so it seems more akin to wearing clothes than to being naked.
Finally, there’s the sunburn factor. The natural thing for the body of a person of European ancestry, such as myself, to do, after exposure to 2 to 3 hours of sunshine, which is the minimum that any good gardener would put in on a nice Saturday like today, is to burn, to blister, to peel.
Would I still be naked if I put on sunscreen?
Can anyone who actually participated in World Naked Gardening Day today explain these finer points?