Future streaker? Probably just a phase

Watch out if you are at a sporting event or another gathering of people in 18 years – I think I have a streaker on my hands.

Our 19-month-old loves to run around the house without clothes prior to a bath or while we are in the middle of changing his diaper.

Even if we try to corral him, he somehow wiggles loose and gets a brief run around the house in his birthday suit almost every day.

Streaking through the house is something he does with a big smile on his face, so I’m afraid he really enjoys it. There must be something to being able to run free, unencumbered by those darn diapers and onesies. It must feel really natural to him.

It can also be dangerous, and I’m not just talking about what he could do on the carpet.

One streaking episode he got going so fast his head ran into a corner of the wall. I guess the excitement just overtakes him and he tends to not look where he’s going.

Fortunately, the other type of mess he could make has not happened – the kind that usually comes from naked people.

I think we are pressing our luck and he is bound to make a mess of some sort in the future.

Hopefully, he’ll outgrow this propensity for streaking. I do remember his older sister running around the house in the buff when she was younger a few times. She tended to do the streaking after she went swimming and got that suit off.

I know I’m far too bashful to do anything like this in my adult years, so I’m betting this is just a phase. Plus, spending the night in jail for displaying my wares is not my idea of a good time. I knew a couple of guys in college that did this around campus – but I think their judgement was clouded a bit by their beverages that night.

If our son isn’t going to outgrow it, I’ll have to get the bail money ready to get him out of jail after one of these episodes at Kinnick Stadium or Jack Trice Stadium. I have a feeling he’ll be an equal opportunity streaker – Hawkeyes and Cyclones – if he hasn’t outgrown it by then.

Just a warning if you are at one of these places in roughly 18 years.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com