Friday, July 30, 2010

nudists in the quicksand

tires hummed on the road into town, everything green sparkling after an afternoon shower, when we passed a peculiar man walking through his yard in very little clothing...

"did you see that man?" i asked T.

"yes, he had on really short shorts and no shirt," she replied, not realising what was about to transpire.

"we saw a naked man at the gym (when we went) with grandaddy?" cole started it.

"was he in the shower?"

"no he was just walking around the locker room."

"did you point and laugh?"

"nooooo," drawn out with exasperation.

"did you know there are whole communities of people that don't wear clothes?"

"what?!?"

"where do they go to the bathroom?" obvious concern spurs logan's questions.

"well they have bathrooms, just like us, they just don't wear clothes."

"do they have a Target? and do they go naked?"

"they wear clothes when they go out of their community."

"are their pets naked?"

"oh cool. a naked dog, probably one of those naked cats. i wonder if their mice are naked?"

"no. i don't think they have naked pets."

"and naked snakes."

"i bet they do, when i grow up i am moving to a naked community to find out where they go to the bathroom and if their pets are naked."

"yeah cool. and i will be the police man to make sure everyone is naked," everything is cool to cole.

"you boys are bad," T finally chimed in, trying to save us from slipping further into conversational quicksand.

"but you will have to be naked if you come and see us."

"i will not be visiting. you will have to come and see me," and now she was stuck as well.

"oh look, there is a firetruck..."

"i want to be a fireman when i grow up."

traffic flowed into the Target parking lot and i was content in the knowledge we had averted raising naked police officers that enforced nudity on hapless people that accidentally took a wrong turn into their community, at least for today.

"wonder if they have naked firemen."

ok, maybe not.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone...and yes, these are the conversations we find ourselves in at times with Cole and Logan. If you are looking for something a little more poetic, I did a guest post over at Jumping Tandem.

91 comments:

Shannon Tucker Photography said...

Awwwh, your family is so sweet. Love those boys....

S

Liza said...

The cutest post ever, and everything IS cool!
Have a wonderful & safe weekend with your family.

Unknown Mami said...

I hope they don't have naked firemen, that doesn't sound safe.

Becky said...

haha cute! LOL@naked snakes.

DJan said...

I have it on good authority that snakes regularly shed their skin. Now that's naked! good post, loved it.

Meeko Fabulous said...

I can't wait to have kids! :)

Leah said...

You made me actually laugh out loud today.

Eva Gallant said...

Love it! Don't you just love kids' minds? so funny!

Daniel said...

I just think that nude jumping jacks are not attractive for either men or women. Please be advised if you invite me to visit you in the community.

Robin said...

Oh, yes, kids and naked. A love affair.

Sam Liu said...

Great post, Brain! It really made me smile, your kids are so inquisitive and so funny :D This was a true delight to read. Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

Baino said...

Haha really good that you record these. I've had so many of them with young kids but sadly never wrote them down. The things that come out of their mouths! Naked firemen? Shit yeah! Although I do like a man in uniform.

otin said...

Naked firemen would have better access to using the fire hose! LOL!

natalee said...

LOL!!!! Naked police...LOL!! Have a great weekend

The Empress said...

this was preciously adorable, and frozen in time.

on my way over to your guest post.

Steven Anthony said...

lol...what a funny priceless conversation.

Monkey Man said...

Ya gotta love kids. Great slice of life my friend.

Caty said...

LOL...kids are great. My favorite kind of people.

Me said...

Very sweet! I do love the way a child's mind works. :)
-C

Jen said...

LOL. They didn't ask how you knew?

Magpie said...

What a wonderful way they have of looking at the world. How civic minded they are too! Have a wonderful weekend. All is well at my house.

sheri said...

and why, when there is so much entertainment to be found right here, would i ever go anyplace else to look for the 'real' brian??? your post was a real delight today...thanks for sharing some of your zany home life :) big (((hugs))) for those fellas!!

The Urban Cowboy said...

Gotta love the innocence, and inquisitive nature of children.

Maggie said...

And that is why I love being around children!

Very cute Brian!

Brian Miller said...

yeah they keep you young...smiles.

TALON said...

I love how kids just run with something and this had me laughing and remembering similar conversations when my three were little. Kids have a "naked" honesty (sorry, couldn't resist!). Have a fabulous weekend, Brian!

She Writes said...

Naked firemen? ;), now, at last, you ARE talking to me! HAHA! 911 anyone?

Heartspell said...

Conversations with kids are the best! Having 7 of my own, I've had some very enlightening ones... they make me smile as does this one about your boys. Cherish them for as long as they will talk to you. Very funny post. Heartspell

Systematic Weasel said...

This was a fun read! Great post!

-Weasel

Mona said...

:D :D ROTFL!That is funny!

Of course you had not! How could you have averted such an 'important discovery' conversation so soon ?

Bernie said...

I was right there with you and your family during this conversation.....so real Brian.
.......:-) Hugs

Mama Zen said...

You never know where those conversations might go!

Katherine said...

So funny! You even dragged me into the quicksand.. I started to envision all sorts of normal, everyday situations, where everyone is nude & it really is a little disturbing. Not sure I would ever want to take my client bowling & everyone in the bowling alley is naked... ooo no, that's just wrong.
This post was light & fun...loved it Brian!
Kids think & say the darnedest things.. :)

Mr. Stupid said...

LOL! This was so funny and a delight to read. Naked Fireman is a big NO! LOL
Smiles...

tera said...

Ha ha! Kids are awesome! :)

Naked fireman does not sound like a good job. I'm sure there's a joke there, however, about their "hoses..."

Boonsong said...

Your title for this post caught my eye...
Great poast. Thanks.

All the best, Boonsong

sagirl said...

Bwahahaha! Quicksand? Quagmire more like it!

Boonsong said...

PS I know there's no A in post. I was just being creative.....

LadyFi said...

LOL - I love conversations like this!

Claudia said...

so lovely - remember conversations like this one as well...and just yesterday i went for a walk and the 8 year old daughter of our neighbors decided to join me - and was chatting and chatting - and asking questions and questions...finally she asked if she could carry my jacket - she smelled at it and said "this smells of meat.." loved it!

Valerie said...

Hmmm Naked firemen!
Brian, this was so COOL and so real life, I loved it.

5thsister said...

The twists and turns of conversations with our children! Priceless!

Have a great weekend/week.

God Whispers said...

I love what unknown mammi commented. Too funny. Innocence of a child's mind. Blessings.

Birdie said...

lol Brian! awww, such asweet conversation :-) these kids and how their little minds work, I love it!!

Vicki Lane said...

But I want to know if your kids pronounce it nay-ked or nekkid.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I think the 'naked' conversation must be developmental mandatory thing! -J

the walking man said...

Born naked and buried in a cheap suit...of the two I prefer the former.

Prayer Girl said...

On this lovely Saturday morning I AM ROFLMAO with this blog. :)

PG

Tabor said...

I do so miss those days ... fried elephant ears at the restaurant...cats that sing songs...thanks for the reminders.

TechnoBabe said...

Firemen can't be naked while they work, they might get singed. Keep putting your conversations up, I love it.

Lynn said...

Cole and Logan sound like great kids and inquisitive, for sure. :) Loved this.

gayle said...

My first laugh and smile today!! I love listening to kids conversations!!

Betsy said...

LOL! OH... I do miss those conversations of little boys!

I'm with Katherine...once you start thinking, it does get a little disturbing. I'm thinking just about everyone I know looks better in clothes! haha

CM said...

Ha ha ha, this is the best! So funny and so REAL! Gotta love the way their minds work.

Naked policemen....oh dear!

only a movie said...

There is a naked campground near the other half's house. Fourteen year old boy had never heard of such a thing and thinks it's 'just dumb'.

Your kids are silly. I miss those days when everything's cool. :-)

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Brian:)

It is interesting how little children get curious and talk about everything under the sky in their innocence.

Many times we are amazed at the discussion among little ones and how they relate to and interpret the adult world.

I enjoyed the talk among your kids and it took me back to my own younger days, what I talked and what I did to satisfy my curiosity.

Best wishes:)
Joseph

AngelMay said...

Whole families frequent nude beaches in the Caribbean - from grandparents right down to the littlest ones. Just nothing like the silky feel of that cool, clear water on your skin.

I do think it wise if firemen remain clothed, however. ;o)

Tina said...

LOL. Naked police officers...quite the image there. Kids sure do ask all kinds of questions...entertaining, embarrassing, bizarre. Really ought to write them all down...thanks for sharing this one.

CatLadyLarew said...

And these conversations is what makes having kids so delightful! Carry on, oh naked family!

Tracy said...

LOL. This was a gem. Probably one of your best yet. :-) (I'm leaving now!)

joanny said...

Brain

Wonderful story, The precious conversation with young minds sheer delight too bad they grow up, sigh,,, I was told -- by a good source that firemen wear boots and a hat. Way cool, but the pets do sport a fur coat,

a true story friend of mine called in a sick day and went to one of our nudist beaches here and was wandering around looking for a place in the woods to go to the bathroom, when he was spotted by the daily news camera crew and was caught on camera, moral of the story always take an umbrella with you.
Joanny

Raven said...

Oh how cute! Your little ones are just adorable...Naked firemen...hehe

sage said...

kids can have interesting conversations! Priceless!

sheila said...

'do they have a target?' omg, LOL! ha ha ha

LOVE how kids change conversational direction! ha ha, VERy cute post!

Cloudia said...

so creative!






Aloha from Waikiki

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Captain Dumbass said...

You ever see the movie Strange Brew?

slommler said...

Gosh! I love to hear the conversations of the kids! They are great!
Hugs
SueAnn

Fragrant Liar said...

Kids! Nothing is off limits. That's why we love them so. :)

ds said...

But they could have naked mole rats--they're cool! ;)

william said...

brave people going naked lol, good story mate.

Vodka Logic said...

I love the way young minds work... and I won't be visiting either.. lol

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

"...i will be the police man to make sure everyone is naked,"
ha!
sounds like a law enforcement officer!

Kaylen said...

Most of the firemen I know are really gorgeous creatures, so I think I would be okay with naked firemen.

However - naked animals: not okay. Not at all.

Emmanuel Ibok said...

LOL...interesting kids you have. I love easy going families like yours. It tells a lot of the man.

Keep them going. All the best.

Cheers!

Fireblossom said...

I will start a competing community where everyone where so many layers that we all look like the Michelin Man. We will waddle about in our heavy clothes, and some will overbalance and land on their backs, unable to right themselves without aid. We will only use the bathroom once a year, and then reluctantly. We will not be known for being very much fun.

tori said...

talk about a title that grabs your attention!
I love this post!
so fun to get a peek into your family!

secret agent woman said...

Do they have a Target? Ha ha! The mind boggles to think of a nudist Target.

PattiKen said...

"Oh look, there is a firetruck..."

Really good try, though.

I love this! And now I understand...

Jennifer said...

Love this. Still giggling about the naked policeman enforcing nakedness and the naked snakes. (But the grown up me is thinking, ooh! naked firemen... shame on me! It's a family post!)

Zuzana said...

This made me laugh! Great conversation indeed, I love the innocence - and the plain logic - of a child's mind;)
xo

Tony Single said...

Hilarious! :P

blueviolet said...

That was one long naked convo! Kids and their interest about such things...actually, you were kinda egging them along!

Syd said...

A naked Target--LOL

kkrige said...

Hmm, Naked firemen.
I like the sound of that :)

Otter Thomas said...

Funny stuff. I guess you never really know where any conversation with kids is headed. Naked police an firemen is fairly disturbing though.

Hilary said...

Aww too sweet. Your kidlets make me smile.

Goofball said...

a nudity community with not-naked pets....now that would be weird :D I just picture them with dogs in a little jacket

mama-face said...

OF COURSE they would want to know where the naked people go to the bathroom. haha. So boy. All of it.

Mighty M said...

Love it. :)

Cricket said...

Heh, heh. Funny. Congratulations on the potw. My boys come up with off the wall stuff like that too. I don't think I could have resisted the chance to ask them where the policeman would wear his badge, though.

I'm sure soon enough they'll hear about the guy who can carry two cups of coffee and a dozen doughnuts.

"oh look, there is a firetruck..."

Yep. Definitely been there. Quick change of subject... Ooh, a firetruck/backhoe/whatEVER will get me out of this hole I can't stop digging. Of course, the habit can be hard to break, once started.

I remember the day I said "ooh, look, a firetruck" and my wife just stared at me. We didn't have the kids with us. Oops. A real sign you have to get out more.

Marla said...

There is nothing worse than naked snakes! lol