So young that I can’t remember. My maternal grandparents were practical and frugal, and that set the disposition towards clothing. Don’t get your clothes dirty. “If you’re going to play in the mud, take your clothes away.”
As a child, I had a vitamin D insufficiency, and there were two solutions, cod liver oil (yuk) and more sunshine. Since sunshine was free and my parents didn’t have to compel me to take it, playing bare was the remedy.
Being raised in the rural Lower Mainland of BC, most of it was rural then, researching (hiking) with your playmates (boys and girls) was the common activity (no sports fields), in case you got too warm, you went skinny dipping in the next creek, no big deal.
As a youngster I did not have a bathing suit or a tuxedo. “Why purchase something that you’ll hardly ever use?” Visiting the beach was a special occasion, maybe twice a year, and when we did, it absolutely was to one end of the beach. Dad went in the water in his underwear. Granny brought a second house- http://tvamateur.net to wear in the water. Grandpa, my brother and myself went in the water naked but dressed on the seashore.
Would you believe that my family was very spiritual at this time? They were, but “modest apparel” meant don’t flaunt your wealth, not hide what God created, your body.
When I was a teenager/young adult there were lots of places in the Lower Mainland that we’d go to and celebration and skinny dip, but the majority of them have become regional parks now. My first wife did not have a problem with nudity, she would strip anytime and everyw here . I was overly conservative.
When I was dating my second wife, Germaine, I in invited her to Wreck Beach. The reply was “I’ll go, but I am wearing a bathing suit.” While chasing one of my sons, she fell out of her top, and off it arrived. About 10 minutes later, “What the hell.” and away came the remainder. The subsequent year the climb/hike became a difficulty for Germaine, so we looked for a nudist club. We found and joined the previous Sunny Trails Club in Surrey, and have been part of organized nudism ever since.
We’re likely not true Nudists/ Naturists because we truly believe that nakedness is natural and not sexual. They actually do not, or there will not be so many rules to establish that it isn’t. Do not do this or that, or don’t wear this or that, because it might seem to be sexual.