Snappy September - Day Twenty Three - Broken bottle
Sometimes - okay, lots of times - I find myself in Google images, looking for photos of obscure or funny or oddly specific things that relate to this blog or doing some research for paid articles and future projects. None of those images have been used this month though: it's Snappy September from beginning to end.
In Google images the moderate-safe filter is always on, but, as we all know, things can slip through.
Without giving away the search topic, let's just say that I found myself looking at a series of photos that were definitely not going to inform or amuse my Litter Ninjas.
An innocent subject produced three images of a woman, mid-thirties maybe, spread eagled on a bed. A beer bottle had been placed somewhere that was not likely to slake her thirst but was going to refresh parts that other beers won't reach.
I was mesmerised. Her face was clearly visible: attractive, but looking tired and slightly anxious, despite the wobbly smile. Her figure was 'normal' and, if clothed and upright, she could have been my friend, co-worker, neighbour, shopkeeper, accountant, high court judge.
I kept looking, wondering who she was and why she agreed to being photographed in such a way.
Suddenly my eyes started to fill up with tears. In the third photo, her lower stomach was crepey and wrinkled; sure signs that she'd had a baby or two.
How I wished I could be like Jennifer Beals in Flashdance who dragged her broken friend off the stripper stage and took her back home to comfort, cry and heal.