Wearing black clothes on the beach

I am catching up with posting online my articles.

The other day I went to the beach to get some tan and refresh myself in the sea. At one moment my attention was drawn to a woman who came with her 2 children. The thing that drew attention was that she was completely covered ( including her face ) with black clothes. Obviously she was of Islamic religion. There were a lot of people on the beach wearing just swimwear and then there was this woman with black cloths. So I was not the only one who was stirring at her especially when she went into the sea in her clothes. She did not swim but she was up to her knees watching over her children enjoying themselves in the water. Though it is important to mention that the children were wearing only swimwear like everybody else.

Maybe this - what I am writing here - is normal for you but for me this was the first time when I saw something like this. You'll know... everybody was "half naked" ( in swimwear ) and this woman was completely covered in black clothes in the heat of about 30 degrees C and on top of it she went into the sea wearing these clothes.

And I thought to myself: "holy fuck".

Now... obviously my expression "holy fuck" comes from the perspective which is different to the point of view of this woman. For her - all that she does seems - completely normal. I know that to most of us it does not make sense to wear black clothes in 30 degrees C heat but when we take into consideration her beliefs which she formed and accepted within her mind about god and what is right and wrong then this is also being regarded as normal by her.

And here comes a question of which normal is really normal ?
The normal of mine perspective when I lie "half naked" on the beach ?
Or the normal of her when she is completely covered with black clothes ?

When there are hundreds of other people on the beach who are just like me wearing only swimwear then obviously it is easy to define somebody wearing black clothes on the beach is not normal. But if you went for holiday into the country where all the local women wear black clothes and you would be the only person on the beach wearing skimpy bikini then it is not that you would be looked at as weirdo but you could actually end up in jail and this would not be the worst case scenario because you could be also killed for breaking the local laws.

To be continued...


Written: 2014 - August - 07   Published: 2014 - November - 02      © Copyright 2014 - Greg Wiater