6 Here’s what happens to a jungly garden if you ar afraid to weed it because of the poison ivy.

Yes, my garden is still full of poison ivy.

I have suggested that one of the guys get rid of it, since they have never been troubled by the poison ivy and I have, but so far that has not happened.

Gloves, I guess.

I have sometimes started gardening with gloves on, but I always end up taking them off pretty quickly. #1 son does the same thing, and the old lady who supervises his summer gardening job tells him to put them back on. She does not mention poison ivy, but suggests that he could get a cut and it could get infected. More dramatic, that.

Today I have to leave bright and early to give a couple of workshops. I have to pack my lunch and put dinner in the crockpot, and do something about the fact that I made cookies for all the participants last night and yet did not acquire any plates or napkins for them to set said cookies on.

I’m eyeing a package of computer paper, here. Or maybe I could beg 40 napkins from the kitchen at the facility we’re using. Or stop off at the gas station on the way and buy a package…

Whatever I do, I need to wake up pretty quickly here and get started.

The serious and important thing about today is that it is World Child Labor Awareness Day. The ILO is trying to distinguish between children working appropriately alongside their parents and those who are working as though they were adults, to get children out of dangerous work situations, to end the selling of children into slavery, and to make sure that all children have the opportunity to go to school. Care and Global March are among the organizations working toward these goals, and those links will tell you more about it.