Late this morning I went out looking for early spring crocuses. I do this most years when we are home. When I got to a likely looking place, I realised that I could actually be nude while searching for the delicate flowers. I had never tried nudity in this location before as it is not out of view of a grid road. I kept my eyes and ears on alert as I wandered, ready to avoid notice should a farm vehicle appear. Thankfully, no one came by and I found the pale purple treasures.
My fears about being at the centre of community gossip was needless. This morning the neighbour reappeared and told me that she would honour my choice to be nude and keep it just between us. I think it might be due to the fact that over the past eleven years we have lived in the community, I have never divulged anything that had to do with her. With that settled, the pressure of waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop has been lifted.
It is warming up enough on the prairies for me to begin doing chores outdoors while nude, at least when there is no wind. I have a project where I am redoing a wall using pine boards. As well as the basement project, I have a few treated boards to cut for use by the garden. I do the measurements on the boards and the cutting while outside. It is a challenge, especially for my wife as our fence is not even remotely a privacy fence. To be honest, I hadn’t thought about the need for a privacy fence in our small town on the prairies. And, school was in session so there was no chance of any youth wandering past our yard through the back lane. The only chance of being seen was by a neighbour.
One of our neighbours has recently seen me nude. I was in the house near the patio door and it was lightly raining outside. She saw me nude and waited for a while before opening the patio door and entering. There was no covering up possible. She came for tea, a surprise as my wife was at work. Once she was in the house, I put on some clothes while she put on the kettle. Now, my neighbours know about me being nude. I wonder how long before this becomes the focus of town gossip as she is famous for spreading gossip?