As part of a project I'm involved in, I went to the beach yesterday. My friends and I were just walking and observing in our clothes, with neither the relaxed attitude nor the abbreviated attire of the other beach-goers, most of whom were clearly there for the day.
While we were walking, we saw 4 women and a little girl coming toward us. Each of the women was wearing what I can only describe as a string bikini plus one other article of clothing. One had on the bikini top and a pair of yoga pants. Another was wearing the bikini plus a pair of beach shoes. There were a lot of tattoos in evidence, and each woman weighed over 250 pounds. As you can imagine, there was a lot of swinging and jiggling going on. It was definitely a case of TMI.
What made me want to take a photograph was the contrast of these heavy women laboring along the sand, while the little girl skipped along in front of them in her blonde curls and cute little one-piece suit. She might have been 5 or 6 years old. It was just a great visual.
But I didn't want to be rude and scramble for the camera to take a surreptitious photo, and I wasn't quite ready to be bold enough to ask permission - so I let the moment go by.
Just as we passed them, I heard one say, "And you know, I still have to deal with your sister's probation issue."
That made me even more sorry I didn't take the picture.