A Feral Family?

Gosh, so much is suddenly going on I don’t know where to start! I’ve added a sneaky link to ‘The Books’ for a start (bottom right of this page!) and I’ll explain that in the next post. Then there’s the Welsh connection… lots more acrobatic and circus stuff…

…but for now, back one more time to our extended family, currently in Oak Ridge. In recent posts I’ve talked about son Leo and his problems. We’ve always tended to wander about naked within the home, and tend to spend hot days in just gym shorts and barefoot around the yard. The kids are used to that too, but understand full well that there is a dress code outside when with their friends and a different one too for things like attending school.

But we are regularly seen cycling off together to our favourite ‘Ol swimming Hole’ on the Clinch River in just shorts and barefoot on these humid summer days – well, tops for Karen, Clare and Jaymee obviously – but then family skinny dipping in our fave ‘secret’ place where the only other likely person we would meet would be our friend Cody who lives in a ramshackle house in the woods nearby, lives in a similar ‘feral’ manner, and swims naked every day of the year.

An archive picture here, obviously: I’m not about to put pix of Leo and Jaymee out on the net, but you get the idea. That boy nearest the camera sure needs a good feed… We also protect the children vigourously now from other inappropriate activities in which we have ourselves indulged – Cody’s basement, for example, where he keeps instruments of torture to ‘entertain’ visiting groups from the cities around who are into that sort of thing; nor can they any more go to Chad’s free-n-easy private training center (as they used to as babies whilst we trained) – one of us always remains home as a ‘sitter’ or a neighbour steps in for us). In our original training cabin set up by Dave and Pete in their backyard, we do occasionally let Leo join us au naturel, but never if he has friends there, such as Chris and Billy from across the street.

So, I believe that we are responsible and caring parents and, to those citizens of Oak Ridge and elsewhere who twitch their curtains and shake their heads at a non churchgoing family which consists of two gay mums, two gay dads and a pair of apparently straight and beautiful kids who grow up happily as sister and brother, I’m just stating right here that nothing inappropriate to bringing up two bright and healthy kids ever happens here and their friends are quite safe to share time with us whenever! Happily, except for one miserable parent whose son ignores his dad’s instructions to stay away from us anyway, we have real nice folks living around both the girl’s home and ours (the original ‘Anderton’ house which Dave’s dad bought back in 2000).

Roll on 9.01pm then!

So,’ the road goes over on’, with lots of small shows like corporate product launches coming up; I’m headed back to UK to deal with some book issues and also with setting up our ‘European training base’ – yes, we spend so much time working around Europe now that Dave and I have invested some of our ill-gotten gains from performing work (and, erm, video work…) in a property which everyone can use when needed, and which will earn a little money for itself too. Watch this space for details.

And finally, an irrelevant but interesting picture for you. What the heck do you think that all these blond guys are assembled for? – one appears to have an access pass in his hand, and Dave thinks they’re wearing wigs – perhaps its the world’s biggest boy band – I’ve no idea, but I’m sure they had a great time doing whatever they were doing!

About tonycavanagh

Born Northampton UK; school Oxford UK and Oak Ridge Tennessee, where I met my wonderful partner Dave, also from UK. Oak Ridge is our main training base for acrobatics and circus stuff, but we also established a base in Wales (UK) to serve us when we are working in Europe. Our 'story', of finding gay love, learning the acrobatics trade and then of how we got shot at during our show (and worse was to follow - just to prove that the risks of being an acrobat are not always the most obvious ones!) are now available in my three books 'Loving the Boy', 'The Power of Love' and 'Against All Odds'. Links available on most blog posts. Actually, waiting for the imminent arrival of the first printed copies was far scarier than anything we do in performance. A fourth book - not about us but exploring the sadness of a gay Native American boy denied his true identity - is currently with an agent for evaluation. watch for 'Let The Future Find Me' in due time. And now to book five... another boy, another quest... seems its always boys...
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