The first time I saw naked people other than in paintings or in the bathroom of my own house was at Lucy Vincent beach. The kids were little, the ocean was blue-green, and the cliffs made me feel as if we were in another country.
And we were: I was never particularly proud of my body and here were all my flaws ready to flash in dayglo neon. They were holding hands while they stood and they talked and gestured, and then unselfconsciously they simply dove in.
How in the world, I remember thinking, could they be so unembarrassed, so unashamed, so comfortable in their own untaut Menemmsha I was more impressed than abashed.
Fast forward about five hours and we ni to our new surroundings, and started going nude. Took to it like the proverbial ducks to water.
The kids never questioned anything everyone else seemed to be doing. A few years after that they were only too happy to hang with us again in their birthday suits, their friends also in their altogether, coming around and plopping on our blanket playing backgammon, juggling, and reading the latest beach novel.
As time will do, change interrupts ritual and in our lives, change changed our Lucy days. When our son Dan got sick we stopped going to any beaches. But now we are. The event is free, but donations are welcome to cover expenses.
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