英语 英语 日语 日语 韩语 韩语 法语 法语 德语 德语 西班牙语 西班牙语 意大利语 意大利语 阿拉伯语 阿拉伯语 葡萄牙语 葡萄牙语 越南语 越南语 俄语 俄语 芬兰语 芬兰语 泰语 泰语 泰语 丹麦语 泰语 对外汉语

2005年NPR美国国家公共电台九月-My Summer at a Quaker Nudist Camp

时间:2007-07-18 02:43来源:互联网 提供网友:atm009e   字体: [ ]
Good clean competition harry1 all, otherwise, is a part of summer fun for children attending sleep-away camp. But in the middle of August, camps across the nation are closing their activities. Kids say goodbye to new friends and first loves and their daily dose of capture the flag. Most children are sad to leave but there are some who cannot wait to get back home. And that was the case for writer Mark Oppenheimer .

When I was 8 years old in 1983, my parents sent me off to a nudist camp. Not a camp for adults who voluntarily chose nudism as a lifestyle, but a summer camp for young boys where nudity was encouraged. At Timber Lake, nestled in the woodlands of Vermont, boys swam in the nude2, slept in the nude, even played wiffle ball in the nude.

I think my parents sent me to Timber Lake because the camp had been founded by Quakers. I spent a lot of time that year watching / Michael J. Fox played a young right-winger Alex P. Keaton on the TV show "Family Ties". And my parents probably hoped that four weeks in the care of back-to-nature pacifists would cure me of any conservative impulses.

Now, Quakers are not generally nudists, Richard Nixon was a Quaker and he wore clothes in public. James Dean was a Quaker and he wore clothes too. But at this summer camp the free spirit tradition had evolved over the years to include more freedoms than most of us consider normal.

Well, I was a modest boy and I wasn’t having any of this nudist nonsense. At the beginning of the summer, there was one other boy who insisted on remaining clothed even at swim time. But he caved. And by August, I was the only boy willful and stubborn enough to wear clothes all the time. I thought these people were crazy. And if the skinning dipping and nude sports, hadn’t been enough to drive me away, then I surely would have made up my mind after sneaking3 out of my bunk4 on the very last night, and finding my counselors5, some of them well into their old age, square dancing in their birthday suits.

My parents picked me up the next day, and on the drive home from Vermont to Massachusetts, they filled me in on what I’d missed. David Getty had thrown a no-hitter for the Yankees on the fourth of July. My youngest brother had learnt to kick a soccer ball. But what about me, they wanted to know. Had I been homesick? Happy? Had I made friends? I can’t remember what I told them, but I’m sure that I didn’t want to hurt their feelings. They had such high hopes for my summer with the Quaker nudists. I must have said something like “well, it was an interesting month.”

It turns out that I should have been a little more honest because the next summer after promising6 me I’d never have to go back to Timber Lake, they sent me instead to Kinderland, a socialist7 sleep-away camp where the cabins were named after dead leftists, like Eugene Depps and Woody Gutherd. I spent all of that summer singing songs about union solidarity8 and writing letters to congressmen about the civil war in Nicaragua. But look on the bright side: at least I got to wear clothes.

Mark Oppenheimer is a writer who lives in Connecticut, you can read Mark’s essay about his leftist camp experience in the book "Sleep Away: Writings on Summer Camp".


1 harry heBxS     
  • Today,people feel more hurried and harried.今天,人们感到更加忙碌和苦恼。
  • Obama harried business by Healthcare Reform plan.奥巴马用医改掠夺了商界。
2 nude CHLxF     
  • It's a painting of the Duchess of Alba in the nude.这是一幅阿尔巴公爵夫人的裸体肖像画。
  • She doesn't like nude swimming.她不喜欢裸泳。
3 sneaking iibzMu     
  • She had always had a sneaking affection for him. 以前她一直暗暗倾心于他。
  • She ducked the interviewers by sneaking out the back door. 她从后门偷偷溜走,躲开采访者。
4 bunk zWyzS     
  • He left his bunk and went up on deck again.他离开自己的铺位再次走到甲板上。
  • Most economists think his theories are sheer bunk.大多数经济学家认为他的理论纯属胡说。
5 counselors f6ff4c2b4bd3716024922a76236b3c79     
n.顾问( counselor的名词复数 );律师;(使馆等的)参赞;(协助学生解决问题的)指导老师
  • Counselors began an inquiry into industrial needs. 顾问们开始调查工业方面的需要。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • We have experienced counselors available day and night. ) 这里有经验的法律顾问全天候值班。) 来自超越目标英语 第4册
6 promising BkQzsk     
  • The results of the experiments are very promising.实验的结果充满了希望。
  • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我们正设法培养出一两名有前途的年轻游泳选手。
7 socialist jwcws     
  • China is a socialist country,and a developing country as well.中国是一个社会主义国家,也是一个发展中国家。
  • His father was an ardent socialist.他父亲是一个热情的社会主义者。
8 solidarity ww9wa     
  • They must preserve their solidarity.他们必须维护他们的团结。
  • The solidarity among China's various nationalities is as firm as a rock.中国各族人民之间的团结坚如磐石。
TAG标签:   npr  公共电台  summer  camp  npr  公共电台  summer  camp
最新评论 查看所有评论
发表评论 查看所有评论