The English word “recreation,” which is part of AANR’s name, originated with the Latin word “recreare,” meaning “to create again or to renew.”  First used in English in the 14th century, it meant “to refresh or cure a sick person.”  Of course, today it more often means an enjoyable activity that is fun and/or playful.
Several AANR Trustees and Officers suggested their responses to the question reflected in the title of this article.  These responses basically could be divided into three categories:  a) freedom to choose/equality, b) return to childhood and innocence, and c) nature/peace/renewal/ happiness.
• Vice President Sharon McLeod wrote, “Removing my clothes reaffirms my right to determine how I live my life.  Choices are mine to make, not someone else’s to impose upon me.”
• Member Trustee Rick Snider wrote, “It creates the equality of each person with the others. No status symbols are showing.”
• Member Trustee Ralph Collinson wrote, “My parents had me swimming nude as a child  . . . .   being a nudist allows me to honor their beliefs and memory.”
• Club Trustee T Price wrote, “It re-creates the feeling that I had as a kid – I could barely wait to get through the club gate before my clothes came off.  It sends me back to cooling off in the pool and to playing volleyball.”
• Club Trustee Joan Harris wrote, “Being nude re-creates that feeling of liberation that the last day of school always brought.  Shedding my school uniform had the same effect as shedding my clothes now when I return from a trek out to the textile world.  Ahhh, LIBERATION!”
• Secretary/Treasurer Paul Kuntzmann wrote, “Being nude brings back my childhood in a sense, not having my daily cares weigh me down.”
• Member Trustee Tim Mullins wrote, “Innocence, freedom from cares and worries.  A chance to communicate with nature.”
• Member Trustee Kathy Smith wrote, “Being nude creates a renewed sense of peace and well-being. I am accepted for who I am as a person – not judged by . . . what I wear.” 
• Club Trustee Kathy Watzel wrote, “Being nude re-creates memories and creates new memories with wonderful family and friends.”
• Club Trustee Ronna Krozy wrote:
“Each time I am free to be nude
Be it home, my club or approved public space
My sense of self and joy are renewed
Comfortable again in a safe, happy place.”
For myself, being nude re-creates the wonder and amazement I felt the first time others acknowledged the naturalness of breastfeeding my children without concealing either the breast or the child.
Perhaps you see your own thoughts reflected in something stated above.  If not, please feel free to share your thoughts with all by writing a letter to the editor.  The Bulletin would welcome your input. 

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.