Dating Naked and World Peace

Dear Friends,
I was planning to write something fully dressed and sassy. Two things happened between last night and this morning that changed my mind.

Last night, the delicate daughter had seven friends over. Throughout the evening there was much googling and giggling. Around 9 PM, all eight teens gathered around the television. This is when the cacophony rose in intensity. Such was my curiosity, I swung wide my studio door. Two words instantly explained the hearty laughter and watering eyes, Dating Naked. Who knew? Apparently it’s a new ‘reality’ show where people – other animal species have already figured this out – meet each other au-natural. Now, I could say many things here as a mom of teenagers, as a former Catholic School girl, as a person who was raised to wear clothes, as a person who’d like to believe American audiences aren’t becoming this banal. I could have fun, but I won’t because it’s too easy. Maybe the talented Universal Federation of Tattoo Artists and not Pharmacological Intimidators Worldwide is sponsoring the show. Maybe Dating Naked will feature the kind of people who jiggle when they laugh. All I know is there was much laughter coming from my living room last night and it was soothing. Who knows, Dating Naked could become the next Seinfeld



This morning, a second thing contributed to changing my intended post. The AM newspaper headline made a lump form in my throat, ‘Jetliner shot down.’ Tragic events such as these boggle the mind and confuse the heart whether one comprehends the political complexities of world affairs or not. After reading the ensuing articles, the big son, Rocky the Shepherd and I went for a walk in the sunshine. I was chatting with the big son, telling him how I wasn’t in the proper mood to write light spontaneous. The big son, maturing into the good man he will be replied, “Mom, things happen that you have no control over. If there are no bright spots in the world, it will become a dark place.” Did I mention, the big son has been writing since his little feet dangled from an adult chair.

So the moral of my story for today is: life happens, some of it we have no control over and if a few naked people can make us laugh, so be it. Perhaps naked is the answer to world peace. Oh yes, and family and friends are the honest bright spots in an often dark world…
carmax hugThank you. May you restfully dream of peace (pjs optional) 🙂

Everybody, walkin’ by the river, now
(Share the land)
Every night, everybody laughin’
(Shake your hand)
Everybody singin’ n’ talkin’
(Share the land)
Smilin’, laughin’, diggin’ each other
(Share the land)

Ethereal Being generated with Prisma pencil last night between bouts of laughter. Photo of big son and delicate daughter taken in Vermont by Lake Champlain, 2005…
Partial Lyrics from the song, Share the Land as sung by The Guess Who