Jo at A Majority of Two recently wrote a blog about skinnydipping. One of my husband's nicknames for me is "Lady of the Lake" and we have a few secret swimming holes in our county, so you may know where this is going....
Summer's coming on fast and 'tis the season for skinnydipping. Imagine riding for miles on a mountain bike in the arid landscape and you come upon a stream that is curtained by cattails. There's nobody but you and your husband, and it's a hot day, up in the late 80's or early 90's. Would you do it? Would you shed your clothes and jump in?
Since I finally eliminated the word "guilt" from my language (guilt had been part of my Catholic default) I have never had to think twice about dropping trow and jumping in.
As I commented at Jo's blog: "There are a few swimming holes around here that I love to baptize myself in. You don't baptize yourself wearing clothes, now do ya? The only way to get the full effects of these "fountains of youth" is by allowing the skin to touch the water. Good thing nobody else knows about these places; I'm not so inclined to go nude around too many pairs of eyes."
Just as it was appalling for me years ago to hear that John Ashcroft had wrapped the Spirit of Justice in a drape (at great expense to the taxpayer), I have little patience for puritanical busy-bodies when life is just too short. It's too short to have others tell you what to do or not to do, and it's too short to feel guilty about doing the light-hearted things that make you feel happy.
That's one issue about which the Europeans have left Americans in the dust. Europeans aren't so freaked out by the human body; they embrace it. They have scores of nude beaches and lots of great art featuring the human figure. Michelangelo's "David" is one of the most gorgeous sculptures ever created - of a nude young man. I am glad Mr. Ashcroft has gone back to where he came from and I hope he's taken his eight-thousand-dollar curtain with him.
I just want to know one thing. If God created us in his Image, then why would anyone want to hide their beautiful body under a bushel basket?
Photo of Lady of the Lake and Butterfly by Mark Schulze