When I was a kid, Arbor Day held much more sway than Earth Day. We used to receive trees and have a small ceremony at school that honored the trees. But now, Arbor Day is an after thought and it is with great regret that even I missed mentioning it last week.
Trees are very special to all of humanity and indeed to naturists. While we humans use our intellect to trick ourselves into thinking we’re the be-all, end-all of beings, being among the trees can be humbling if we’re willing to be aware. My forays into nature, as a naturist, always puts me in awe of what is around me, because I become part of the natural landscape, not someone pushing conquest and dominance.
If you’re interested in the intersection of trees and naturism, I highly recommend you check out the Tree Spirit Project.
On the heels of Earth and Arbor Days, today was World Naked Gardening Day. It’s cold in Vermont the first Saturday in May. Several years ago, WNGD took place in summer. Why it was moved to May is beyond me, but with a month of frost danger remaining, there’s very little gardening we do in these northern climes.
A couple years ago, I hung out with my garlic patch on an oddly warm first Saturday in May, but otherwise, WNGD is just not something I’ve been able to celebrate as intended. Watering a plant inside just doesn’t have the same feel to it, especially since that can be done at any time.
I hope you were able to enjoy WNGD. And if you were outside breathing deeply in nature, don’t forget to thank a tree.