So young that I can not remember. My maternal grand-parents were practical and frugal, and that place the mind-set towards clothes. Don’t get your clothes dirty. “If you’re going to play in the mud, take your clothes off.”
As a child, I had a vitamin D insufficiency, and there were two alternatives, cod liver oil (yuk) and more sun. Since sun was free and my parents didn’t have to drive me to take it, playing bare was the remedy.
Being raised in the rural Lower Mainland of BC, most of it was rural then, exploring (hiking) with your playmates (boys and girls) was the common action (no sports fields), if 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 buy something which you’ll hardly ever use?” Visiting the beach proved to be a special event, possibly two times per year, and when we did, it was to one end of the seashore. Mom had a bathing suit (the only one in the family). Father went in the water in his underwear. Granny brought another house dress to wear in the water. Grandpa, my brother and myself went in the water naked but dressed on the beach.
Would you think that my family was very religious at this time? They were, but “small attire” meant don’t flaunt your wealth, not hide what God created, your body. When I was a teen/young adult there were a lot of places in the Lower Mainland that we would go to and bash and skinny dip, but the majority of them have become regional parks now. My first wife did not have a problem with nudity, http://x-nudism.com/demo1.php would strip anytime and anywhere. I was overly conservative.
When I was dating my second wife, Germaine, I in invited her to Wreck Beach. The answer was “I’ll go, but I am wearing a bathing suit.” While pursuing one of my sons, she fell out of her top, and off it arrived. About 10 minutes later, “What the hell.” and off came the rest. The following year the climb/hike became a difficulty for Germaine, so we looked for a nudist club. We located and joined the previous Sunny Trails Club in Surrey, and have been part of organized nudism ever since.
We are likely not true Nudists/ Naturists because nude beach girls believe that nakedness is natural and not sexual. They actually don’t, or there won’t be so many rules to prove that it isn’t. Don’t do this or that, or do not wear this or that, because it might seem to be sexual. More on this at an other time.