Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shirtless Boys!!

I don't know what it is about not having a shirt on, but my boys LOVE it!! I can hardly keep a shirt on Nicholas. Next summer, I think I'll save money and not buy him any shirts because no matter what day-at the end of it he is shirtless!! Grant and Nicholas will take their shirts off if they get hot outside and then they go over to Harrison and take his off too!! Oh well, at least they aren't girls wanting to run around shirtless. Here are just a few recent shirtless shots...

1 comment:

Eldo said...

Personally, I think that it is wonderful that you are allowing your boys the freedom to go shirtless. Back when I was a kid, most of us boys ran around shirtless and barefoot almost all summer long. By August, it was possible to see our ribs through our well-tanned torsos and our feet were so tough that we could run on the gravel by the railroad tracks and not even give it a second thought. Most boys only wore cut-off jeans or swim trunks most days. Bare feet and bare chests were the norm.

We went everywhere like that too -- the corner store, restaurants (mostly mom-and-pop fast food places), even the movie theater (which could get quite cold for a shirtless kid). One time, I remember that I was staying the night at a friend's house and the next morning his mother decided to take us all to the mall and I hadn't brought a shirt. She just said that it wasn't a problem and took my friend and me to the mall shirtless and barefoot. My mother never would have allowed me to go to the mall like that, since she considered it a "fancy place". I remember that my feet got surprisingly dirty walking around the mall. No one ever made a fuss back then.

The absolute pinnacle of freedom when I was a kid was riding my bike shirtless with the sun on my back and the wind against my chest. Nowadays, I rarely see any children playing outside around my neighborhood.

Over the past summer, I witnessed a few events that I found so disheartening that I almost felt like crying. At an outdoor festival, I overheard a father tell his young son to put his shirt back on because "no one wants to see that". What a way to give a child a complex! In another incident, I was at a home improvement store and heard a store employee berating some woman over the fact that her son was barefoot. He actually told this woman that she was "too stupid to live".

I realize that your post is a year old. I came across your blog a while back searching for something else (I forgot what) and bookmarked it with the intent of commenting on this post, but never got around to it until now. I hope you are still allowing your boys to go shirtless and enjoy their childhoods while they still can. Also, thanks for bringing back those sweet memories of simpler days.