My Fun Exposed

"And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." -Genesis 2:25

Recently I was asked what I do for fun in the nude. I really had to think about that. I do not parachute nude. I do not mud wrestle nude. Nude 5K runs are not that much fun anymore. Nude roller skating? I fall down a lot. Still, I really enjoy myself and my life, and am usually nude. So, what is the meaning of the word fun?

FUN: An activity engaged in for relaxation and amusement, or a source of enjoyment or pleasure.

Based on this dictionary definition, I feel I live a life of fun, enjoyment, pleasure, and sometimes relaxation. Let me explain.

My wife Lucy Heide and I live on a 40-acre private farm with a security gate. We are surrounded on all sides by natural screening. We live our lives nude. Unlike some people who have to escape to their club or resort to disrobe, we get out of bed nude and mostly remain as such all day.

We have two miniature horses that require attention and care. They are affectionate and intelligent little pets. They need us, and display it. The little boy “talks” to us. They developed a game where we challenge each other to beat the other through a pasture gate. Even though they are small, we just try to outrun them. Spending time playing or working with these little animals brings me a lot of pleasure.

We had chickens for a while, baby chicks that grew up and provided us with fresh eggs. After a while, the enjoyment of chickens was overshadowed by the degree of work and cost involved. They took up residence in the deep freeze.

When the weather is below 100 degrees, we walk the woods with our English bulldog, Spanky. Our two cats will usually follow us, complaining the whole way. The creek in the back woods has had beavers. They are gone now, but when the drought breaks and we have several years of normal weather, we expect them to be back. We also have a great number of deer, coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, bears, foxes, and raccoons.

When we first built here, there were no obvious songbirds, only crows and buzzards. Lucy set up a series of bird feeders. Now we have so many different birds that Lucy has to use a guidebook to identify them all. A side benefit of these bird feeders is that they also serve double duty, in that they are also cat feeders. Now Lucy does not get a lot of pleasure out of this, but the cats sure do.

Lucy loves gardening. She might as well have invented naked gardening. She will be covered in sweat, dirt, leaves, mud, and much more. You can ask her if this is worth it at all, and she will state emphatically, she is having fun. I enjoy watching her and find it very gratifying that she has the opportunity to garden.

I have numerous rifles, shotguns, and pistols. This property allows me to shoot and enjoy my firearms without the cost of having to travel to a gun range. No, we do not allow hunting on our property.

Both Lucy and I work physically hard most days. This in itself is satisfying. After a day’s work – especially in the spring, summer, and fall months when it is blistering hot in Texas – we get a cold libation and float in the pool to visit, dream, and catch up with each other. In the cooler months we enjoy the hot tub. We get in the tub early on a winter morning with coffee and watch the sunrise.

Lucy loves to entertain. We have two RV sites with services. We have hosted nudists from Houston, Vidor, George West, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Paris (Texas), and even Colorado.

One of the greatest pleasures in life is sharing it with Lucy; the woman, companion, and wife I am devoted to. She is known in some circles for setting “the nude example.” It is a joy to share all this with her.

So am I, or are we, having fun? Between watching Lucy have fun laboring in her garden and my horses, I’d say yes, both situations can be very amusing for me. As for relaxation? Not so much. There’s too much to do.

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.