Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Naked Children

Have you ever had company over and then looked at your own house and family with new eyes and been astonished at what you see? It amazes me how many truly odd things we take for granted around here. My children (the 2 youngest) are always naked. Why does that not seem odd in the normal couse of events? Almost always anyway. Last night we had company over for dinner. Before we were finished eating our dinners... there was a full moon out. It was Jake. He just can't possibly use the toilet and leave his clothes on. And once they're off why would he think to put them back on? It's not like it's cold here or anything.

There are two microscopes in our living room. They've been there for as long as I can remember. I even use them sometimes while identifying fungi or making sure the animals or kids don't have parasites (because I'm really creeped out by parasites). One wall of the room is floor to ceiling bookcases (20' long by 8' tall). The opposite wall houses the entertainment center which is also full of books. There are books on and under every table in the room. There are even baskets of books on the fireplace hearth. In an earthquake it's the books that would kill us.

Even the walls in the living room aren't exempt; we have pictures of naked ladies painted by my grandfather (badly) as well as a lovely aerial photograph of the house and land taken before the area became so built up. There are photographs of my children as well as pictures taken of my grandparents and mother when they were all young. The Playboy calendar has moved to the shop sometime within the past seven years.

Of course there are also toys everywhere. I noticed a Transformer in the midst of the figurine shelf. There is was between the Three Graces, David, and Venus (minus her arms). Modern art meets classical I guess.


Mrs. B. Roth said...

hey, I just wanted to say you have a great blog, i need to catch up, but you are so intelligent and reasonable and honest. keep up the great work.

PearlsOfSomething said...

Ooh, naked is even better than jammies! Less laundry!

Catherine said...

This reminds me of a story my mom told me about when my little sister was 18 months old, she liked to run around naked and the neighbor lady in our very small town in So. Illinois called the police to report 'indecent exposure.' Even they laughed. My sister also peed outside and when my mom asked her why her reply was, well the doggie does it so why not me?

At our house we have 'the naked hour' at about 4-5 pm---the clothes come flying off. But then again there are some days I have a hard time getting a picture for her blog because she just won't put on clothes all day!

Janet said...

LOL, we live next door to a police officer. He and his wife just moved in this summer and before we met them I was a bit worried about the naked children running around in the yard... Since we hadn't met the neighbors yet. Turns out we have known them a long time, just didn't it realize it until we officially went next door. They laugh at us. I think the wife has taken to recording me telling Jake to keep his clothes on and then him stripping as soon as I'm around the corner of the house. She thinks it's hilarious.

Jake camping in the living room

Jake camping in the living room