Thursday, January 31, 2008

Gypsy Rose Rae


Rachel does not like wearing clothes. This isn't so bad in the summer, when she runs around the place wearing her bathing suit most of the time. But now, in the depths of winter, as soon as we get home after work, school and daycare, she starts undressing as soon as the door closes behind her, leaving a trail of clothes leading towards the living room like a newlywed's tease.

First it was just the socks. Then for a while it was the socks and pants -- she'd play with her Barbies wearing a top and underwear. Then it progressed until she was just wearing her underwear. Which is where I drew the line. Hey, I'm all about comfort, but her toilet hygeine hygene bum-wiping skills are somewhat rudimentary, and I like my furniture.

"Alison," I hear you saying, "you must be keeping your house much too toasty. You have only to lower the thermostat and Rachel will keep her clothes on." You'd think so, wouldn't you. Au contraire, mes amies. I did an experiment where I kept lowering the thermostat to see what temperature would finally convince her to put some clothes back on. It took some time, but I found the temperature: 63° Fahrenheit. At which point I was wearing jeans, socks, slippers, a teeshirt and two sweatshirts and my nose was red. I'm not spending all my time bundled up like that in my own home. So I've decided to live and let live, after all, it's just us three girls at home.

The downside is that she's so used to being undressed, she'll probably be pole dancing by the time she's 16.

17 comments:

  1. Ok, I'm laughing here because you just totally described Lily. She spends her entire day wearing a t-shirt and underwear no matter how cold it is. I think she would go play in the snow in her underwear if I would let her.

    Ryder and Riley used to be that way too, but since they started school they have kept their clothes on.

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  2. My twins willbe right along side her. Unfortunately??? lol. At least you only have one that does that.

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  3. That is absolutely hilarious. But a t shirt and underwear in the winter?? In Canada?? The girl is defintely warm blooded :)

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  4. She and Nick would totally get along. The fewer clothes the better, in his opinion.

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  5. No, not the pole!

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  6. OMG, Simon is the same way with being naked AND his bum wiping skills leave something to be desired.

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  7. Too funny. Ok. Well, I can relate. The Boy, now 7, used to like to come home and lose his pants and undies. He'd come to dinner bottomless.

    He has sort of come to the point now, where 95 per cent of the time he is wearing at least undies. I'm afraid, very afraid.

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  8. Clothes are restrictive as little kids and dogs know very well. And little kids' metabolisms are revved really high, so they don't get cold like us big slugs. I say let her be free for as long as she can be before getting swallowed up by the big old conformist machine we call polite society

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  9. Hahaha! Too funny! At this point Lisa won't let me take any clothes of without crying so loud the entire town thinks we're at least killing her.

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  10. Well, I take it from all the comments I must have the Canadian prude kids...mine remain fully clothed! lol!!

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  11. Hey, think of the money you can save on clothes!! No wearing = no wear and tear, right?

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  12. Andrew's the same way--he's wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the house while I'm bundled up in sweatshirts and hiding under blankets. He's hot-blooded (check it and see...)

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  13. Julia went through a phase where she didn't want to wear clothes at all. I was totally flippant about it but Dave FREAKED out...he had the same visions of her future that you did.

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  14. My younger one went through this phase and still does it one occasion.

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  15. That is hilarious. I thought she only did it is summer. How does her sister react to it?
    BTW, this is me officially de-lurking. I read your blog all the time.

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