Labor Day weekend. I used to think it was a holiday weekend - and I think it's truly supposed to be just that, to honor our laborers throughout history. But I think it has come to mostly be "just" a three day weekend - to get ready for school, take a last break before winter, etc. But at our house we have labored.
We have a greenhouse - not the new, no-maintenance-vinyl/fiberglass type thing you can build now, but an old-fashioned wood-and-metal frame room attached to the original house dating back to 1920 - converted into a sunroom sometime during the past century. "Charming", you may say, but "maintenance!!!!!!" the practical will proclaim. And it's that five-year time for practical to win. It has to be maintained - scraped, sanded, washed, primed, painted inside and out.
Now, there are choices. We could just ignore it (but it will only get worse), we could move (it doesn't go away - just becomes someone else's problem), we could pay someone to do it (but would they do it right?), or we can do it ourselves, which we are doing. In our mid-sixties (both of us), we probably shouldn't be doing this kind of work, but it's our choice this year.
It's sort of like the AAUW mission - equity for women and girls - we know it IS still an issue. I could ignore it - but it would only get worse. Or I could pretend it's not a problem (but it IS), or I could assume that someone else will take care of it (but will they do it, or do it right?). OR - I can decide that since it's my problem it's my responsibility. As part of this wonderful organization, that's my choice.
Those of us in AAUW have decided that this battle needs to continue until true equity for women and girls is achieved - and we have decided that this is OUR battle. I urge any of you who feel the same way to seek out your local AAUW branch (or, if there is none nearby, to become an individual member) and join us in this mission! Check the Association branch locator ( http://svc.aauw.org/about/branches.cfm) to see your options.