No Shirt, No Shoes

See this kid. He’s one of the most hot blooded kids I know. He’s constantly walking around without a shirt, no matter the weather.

Last week we headed down to the harbor to try some local fish and chips. It was sunny and 64 degrees along the coast. Nice, but not bake-in-the-sun weather. At least not for us normal people.

Yet, as soon as we got out of the car, FishBoy here started to strip. We made it clear to him that this wasn’t allowed at restaurants.

“Restaurants,” says the FishMama, “always have a sign that says, ‘No shirt, no shoes, no service.'”

“That’s right,” concurs FishPapa. “You don’t wear a shirt, you don’t eat.”

Now that we got that settled (and the child dressed), we head for some good ole’ greasy, fried food. And see the sign right inside the door:

No shirt?
No shoes?
No problem.

We must be in California.

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  1. He sounds just like my oldest son. He always has his shirt off and usually can’t find his shoes cause he hasn’t worn them in so long!

  2. Ha! Love it!! Did you see Jimmy Buffet there by chance?

  3. Laura Lou says:

    I have a couple of these, too–won’t wear fuzzy sleepers; try to sneak out in flips in the midst of winter; went shirtless in shorts on the very first official day of Spring. I’m feelin’ ya on this, fo’ sho’.

    Chowder sounds lovely right now.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Very cute…what a great memory you’ll have for years to come!

  5. My soon to be six year old is the same way. You seriously do not need a blanket if he is curled up next to you. He radiates heat, and only wears the minimum amount of clothing required! You have to love the CA (espicially the coastal communities) for our casualness!

  6. Michelle says:

    THAT is pricelss.

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