T he weekend we learned about keeping secrets Dad was almost 33, and naked. The woman with him was naked too. We watched them from the center of a pond, tangled in ropey lily pad stems. The pond was carpeted in silt so slippery it sent shivers up my spine. Earlier that day, Mom had dropped my big sister Sarah and me off. Dad met us at the end of a dirt road, kissed Mom, they were still married then , said he missed her too, and sent her off. Dad was running a farm that summer. Our mother dodged his certitude, avoiding useless, unwinnable arguments in the spirit of self-preservation, and hoped we were smart enough to tune him out like she did. Sarah and I lived in his kingdom, abided by his laws — our squares of toilet paper counted, hot showers timed, access to a phone spotty and contingent on whether or not he could tolerate the ring, and the conversation that followed.
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My vacation at a nudist camp.
I'm on the lighter side of biracial; but my ex is quite brown African-American. She was initially very self-conscious about it too. Occasionally we'd see an African-American male or two; but that was it. She felt that being the only naked black woman would get her too much perhaps even negative attention. That didn't last long. Other nudists were so welcoming and "color blind" to her that she quickly got comfortable socializing. When she started participating more, all the other nudists cared about was that she was comfortable being naked with everyone else. Anyone that wants to come that behaves properly is welcome. Generally, people like people who are like themselves, and familiarity breeds comfort.
In the early s, the Zoro Nature Park in Roselawn was billed as the largest nudist club in the country, attracting visitors from throughout the Midwest. Straddling the Newton and Jasper County line, the small town of Roselawn could be called the nudist capital of the state. The town of about four thousand is home to two campgrounds catering to people who prefer to sunbathe au naturel. At the time, the club was billed as the largest nudist club in the United States and attracted visitors from throughout the Midwest.