Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Free Falling

There are certain things that you might do as a small child that you learn not to do as you get older. Like soil your pants or pick your nose in public. For girls of a certain age, going without a bra in public is also on the list.

My sister, who calls Banff her home is in town right now. As it is still snowing on the mountain there, she has very few opportunities to go swimming in a lake. So, last night we drove to a beach on Lake Huron that isn't more than 25 minutes from our home.

The water was beautiful. We swam out until it was quite deep and just tread water for the good part of an hour. There are few things I enjoy more than swimming in a lake. It is the main reason I aspire to own a piece of waterfront property and a simple dock some day. Glorious.

As we swam back to shore, however, something occurred to me. I had given my sister my only bathing suit and had chosen to wear a t-shirt and an old pair of Arthur's swimming trunks in the water, myself. As I emerged from the water, I realized that I had worn my sports bra in, too. It was soaking wet. I had no dry bra to change into. I had to do the UNTHINKABLE. I went braless.

If we had simply been driving straight home, that wouldn't have been a concern. But, we walked up the main street of the little town and stopped for ice cream (because that is what you do at the beach). My girls were happily bouncing around, free of their 20-year bondage.

At first, I did what any well-endowed braless woman would do: I crossed my arms in front of my chest. But, it's hard to eat ice cream that way. I realized two things:
  1. I didn't know any of these people, so what did it matter if my breasts jiggled around a little under my shirt.
  2. It's REALLY quite comfortable to be free.
I'm not saying I'm going to burn all my bras, but I've got to say that taking the girls for a walk without a leash was pretty liberating. I might just do it again some time.

13 Comments:

At 3:06 PM, Blogger sxKitten said...

As a not-so-well-endowed woman, I frequently go braless in the summer - there's not much left to jiggle.

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger Diva said...

As fashion trends have gone retro, I think it's time for some good ol' fashioned bra burning. How about it, ladies? It sounds very liberating to me.

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Woo hoo! Let our girls go, free them from the bondage of metal wires and lycra!

Now all we need is a pithy name for our rebellion. I'll get back to you.

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger Dean said...

Hey, I'm all for titty-freedom. Let the sweater-puppies off the leash.

I LOVE SUMMER!

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger Trillian said...

Sounds like a rebellion, ladies. I'm in.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger withknivesout said...

err. i support you all, though i might be a little biased...

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger sxKitten said...

No, no, withknivesout, we don't want support. We want the freedom to live unsupported. That's the whole point of the revolution!

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger the Arrogant Fool said...

I stopped wearing a bra for the most part winter 1999. I still wore one around my family until I moved to Florida two years ago. It's just too hot for bras down here. The last two times I've visited Ryan's family I haven't even packed one - and it hasn't made me feel self-conscious.

(who knows how it makes his family feel though...)

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger Carmi said...

Cross my heart and hope to not say anything silly.

Seriously, I hear y'all. I may not have breasts of my own (well, I HAVE them, but not the man-ones that made for such a memorable Seinfeld episode) but I have always sympathized with my wife.

Sorta funny how cultural mores of the age kinda force us into new - and uncomfortable - definitions of what is considered "normal". Corsets, after all, once reigned supreme.

 
At 4:44 AM, Blogger ana_be_good said...

It is somewhat comforting to know that people will look back one day and laugh at us for wearing bras.

 
At 5:04 AM, Blogger withknivesout said...

i doubt it... but that is just me...

 
At 12:57 AM, Blogger Amelia said...

Okay, I'll join the revolution. I've treated my girls badly and they deserve freedom - where ever it may take them.

 
At 12:14 AM, Blogger Sara said...

Invest in a VS IPEX bra. It's not for everyone, but at least it feels somewhat braless.

And take your bra off when you're at home. That's usually what I do.

 

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