I have no idea what caused it, really. I’d always been something of a prude up to that point. But shortly after my fifteenth birthday, I came to the conclusion that if no one was going to be around, there wasn’t much point in my getting dressed, though I clearly wasn’t in any position to do anything about it. (It should be noted, though, that when I was packed off to college, I made a point of not bringing along any pajamas.)
So I felt a little twinge when I happened upon this kid with evidently the same idea I’d had at about the same time in his life:
i do it when no ones home i just watch tv play xbox go on my computer.. even do hw.
Ah, the (not especially common) joys of the latchkey child. (And housework in the nude is a lot less annoying, unless you happen to be dealing with Dangerous Household Chemicals.) But then:
im 15.. what do i say to my MOM?
And I froze. I never did tell my mom. The only family member who knew was my younger sister, who apparently had seen me one morning, and then decided to bring it up later when I wasn’t expecting it.
But I had to tell this poor kid something other than “Wait until you get your own place,” so I agonized for a moment, and then came up with this:
I assume you already sleep in the nude. (I started that at 15 myself.) You might try not coming down for breakfast some morning, and when the parental units come up to see why you haven’t come down, they’re bound to see that you don’t have any clothes on, and they’re very likely to ask why.
I’m still debating whether that qualifies as passive-aggressive behavior. Then again, it did get me 10 points for Best Answer.