My 5-year-old grandson likes to scoot down the stairs and lands in the middle of our den in front of me. Usually, I am sprawled on the couch trying to stay awake so that I can watch my favorite show on television and does not want to be disturbed by a naked child who should have already been sleeping. I respond in the same way that I always do. “Get back upstairs and get to bed or you’ll get a spanking, ” I exclaim. He runs, stops and giggles and waits for me to say, “Where are your clothes?” When he hears that question, he giggles and dashes upstairs to his bedroom.
I never follow him to there because I know his mother will dress him and tuck him into bed. He does not like going to bed so he finds excuses to stay up. Sometimes he slips out of the bathroom and hides in unexpected places in the house. Clothes or the lack of them is no problem to him. I believe that he enjoys the freedom of running around without clothes. He expresses sheer delight whenever a family member comments about his nakedness. Neither does he appear ashamed nor self-conscious about his body. His eyes only reflect innocence.