Sunday, June 28, 2009

Skinny dipped


Have you ever had one of those dreams where you were doing something important, maybe giving a speech, when all of a sudden you realized you were naked? No, me neither. I did go to a family picnic though.

Family picnics are like swap meets, everyone pulling someone else's dirty underwear out of their pocket to share with someone else. Did you hear about Aunt Merle? Well I heard from the hairdresser down at the beauty shop...the irony is my aunt is a hairdresser. Family picnics can be like being naked in the middle of the road when an ambulance comes screaming around the corner with it's lights and sirens going. Not that I would know anything about that, it's just that everyone knows everything about everyone.

Being naked for the world to see can be pretty scary. What if someone does not like what they see? What if they know the real me? The trauma starts after gym class in middle school. The guys that hit puberty at age 11 with full beards and...well you get the picture. Then there were those that snuck to get their  hair wet, just in case the coach checked. Naked can be scary.

The newspaper today had an article where a large group of people were organizing an attempt at the world record for the number of simultaneous skinny dippers. On July 11, people all over will immerse themselves at large gatherings, completely naked. Oh look there is Aunt Merle, you know what they said about that growth at the family picnic...just hide your eyes.

In the article, several nudist from a community in North Carolina shared their initial difficulty with being naked all the time. They shared a saying, Nude where possible, clothed where practical. (I really want this bumper sticker, so we may need to change plans for our family vacation.) I can relate to this saying. I try to be pretty transparent, sharing my faults, struggles...but there are people I know I will never be comfortable with them seeing me naked. The same ones that tell me all the dirty laundry of the people next door, they probably share my stories as well.

I have always had a select few that get close enough to know me intimately. We all need someone we can bare our souls to when times get tough, to laugh with in times of joy...that won't point and laugh when we get naked. 

For all those going for the record at 3 p.m. on July 11th...I'll be in my bath tub, just to show my support. 

Actually I thoroughly enjoyed the picnic today, I'll remember the cookies for days, I am sure.

23 comments:

lakeviewer said...

Look what happened to Philip Roth and his oversharing. His family will never forget how he spilled the family beans. The truth may set you free; but it will get you in hot water.

Ronda Laveen said...

July 11th, huh? I'll see if I can raise a 2-bun salute.

Valerie said...

Everyone's trying to get me to laugh today ... and succeeding. Girls went through the same fear of nakedness... but I got over it ... smile. I did like going on picnics though. Nice post, Brian.

Mrsupole said...

Yes, the bathtub line got a big laugh. And I know how you feel about putting yourself out there for people to see. But you do have to understand that if everyone is pulling out their dirty laundry and sharing it, then they all must feel like they are in good enough company to share.

My poor mom has seven kids and we all call her to complain about things in our lives, so then she has to listen to at least one of us every day. Then she chooses one of us to complain about things in her life and so it evens out. And my daughters do the same with me, when things go wrong, they call me.

I mostly think it is just about having someone to listen. We all need someone to hear how we feel about things and then our brains can work it out. Life is funny that way. And family will always be family. That's why we love them.

Glad you had fun at the picnic.

God bless.

PS...thank goodness for whoever invented clothes.

See, hear I go again, having to type that word verification word twice. Dang it.

otin said...

North Carolina always has the whackos! LMAO!

Lorraine said...

That is so beautiful Brian, so well put...when you're around enough negativity, you feel like someone peeled your skin off your body and it hurts...but that's another story and sorry, I liked your version better lol

Lorraine said...

I forgot to mention how much I loved your June 26th title...brilliant you ..:)

Daniel said...

I always thought those folks who volunteered for those large-scale public naked art photographs were brave. I even thought that, given the opportunity, I could do this and probably enjoy it. Even the massive skinny dipping thing I could handle. It's kind of weird that I have a bit of an exhibitionist streak but at the same time I have never been comfortable with the way I look. I know, what a nut job.

Brian Miller said...

@daniel - thing is i don't think they will give out t-shirts to everyone participating...kinda defeats the purpose? lol.

@lorraine - smiles. my brain was spinning as topics included cryogenics, the upscaling of Walmart and how the amount of dirt on the car hides the scratches. ty.

@mrsu - true. no one has a problem sharing. lol. i think in the talking about it we actually have to think in through and in many ways we find our answer.

@otin - smiles.

@valerie - we all need a good laugh here and there. glad i could assist. had plenty of them last night myself. hope your week starts off great!

@ronda - lol. smiles.

@lakeviewer - ok, off to look up Philip Roth...true. think maybe its in who you air it to?

Travel & Dive Girl said...

"Family picnics are like swap meets, everyone pulling someone else's dirty underwear out of their pocket to share with someone else."

Love that quote!! It is so true...

mom;wyatt said...

Glad you had a good time at the picnic...your extended family doesn't want to see you naked on July 11th. You left too early---we had to bring home some of the cookies !!!!!
lol if i was your best friend i would totally laugh in your face if you were naked!!!!!!!!

Suldog said...

Hmmmmmmmm. I'll have to get my telephoto lens out for July 11th.

Lena said...

I just adore the mohawks! I wish my two boys were back to haircuts and picnik days...!

subtorp77 said...

"Aunt Merle"? Never mind....and yeah I had an issue in 6th grade gym class shower( tho' I think most of us did, anyway )But you either get over it or you don't. Like the bumper sticker :) I want one, too!

books,coffee,etc.... said...

Hi! Brian,
What a very insightful...post as usual!...It seems that you always make me "ponder"
every time I visit your blog, but come to think of it...all the Thursday Theme members,
post give me something to think about until the next Thursday.
I really hate to admit this, but I'am not a "big" fan of gossip or people that gossip.Therefore,even though I'am not hiding anything, (Well, deep down I know that we all are really hiding something) but I guess I will keep on my pajamas and slippers...Thank-you!
Take care!
DeeDee

Anonymous said...

I've seen you naked while eating cookies so imagine the stories I told after ya'll left. I'm writing this from prison, btw. And naked. -df

Brian Miller said...

@df - you scare me. lol. if we were not family...

@dee dee - thanks for dropping by. not a fan of gossip as well...stick with the pjs and slippers. smiles. think there are a few we should let our guard down with, they seem to help us get through.

@subtorp - if i get one of those bumper stickers it will be on its way to you...

@lena - yeah the boys enjoy their summer hawks! lol. they grow up quick!

@suldog - lol.

@mom&wyatt - have fun with those cookies as you explore DC!

@travel&dive girl - too true. hope your week is starting well!

Candie Bracci said...

LOL,I like the intro!Cool post!:D

California Girl said...

all i can say is "hahahahaha!"

Goofball said...

July 11th 3 Pm?...hmm I'm at a Madonna concert that day. I wonder if she'd participate :D

mouse (aka kimy) said...

great photo.

so true and so beautifully put with respects to family picnics!!

Baino said...

Goodness those boys have some fierce hair cut! Not for me although I have compulsory attendance at a family picnic once a year but most dont know me too well and I like it that way! As for stripping off . . .Nah, I'd be worried about the Rainbow Warrier coming to rescue me!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Close-up on Google Earth for the 11th seems in order. I really enjoyed this post and what's with Otin thinking people from NC are Whackos?? I WAS from there..LOL and yes, they can be crazy.