This week my sisters and I were visiting our mom and stepdad at a private campground where they’re working (they have a 5th-wheel trailer and travel the country, working at one place for a season, then moving on to another place - much fun for them).
Anyway, this campground has an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, and my 9-year-old niece wanted to go swimming. So we all met at the building that houses the pool and an exercise room. Upon arriving at the pool it was discovered that my niece had forgotten her swimsuit back at our cabin, so one sister drove her back to the cabin while the rest of us waited and chatted in the exercise room.
After a few minutes I wandered back outside to see if sister and niece had returned. At the same time I came out the front door, an attractive young woman (maybe late teens or early 20s) came out of the women’s locker room wearing a very skimpy bikini. Naturally, being a single, heterosexual man, I did a double-take and took a moment to admire the view, but I didn’t ogle overlong (and mind you, I didn’t know she was there either, until she came out of the locker room, so I had no ulterior motive for wandering outside).
In any case, her back was turned and I don’t think she even knew I was there, which makes her subsequent actions even more puzzling to me. She had something in her hands which I assumed was her towel, until she leaped into the outdoor portion of the pool with her hands still full.
Once she was in the water I saw what she was holding: a black T-shirt and a pair of black shorts … which she proceeded to put on over her swimsuit while still in the water. Then she swam back into the indoors portion of the pool, joining her boyfriend and another, younger girl (this group had been in the pool the previous evening while my niece was swimming, and I’d heard the younger girl refer to the young man as the older girl’s boyfriend).
Anyway, I found the girl’s actions very strange because:
— She and her companions were the first to arrive at the pool (it was morning), and my group arrived while they were still in the locker rooms, so they didn’t know we were there until they came out.
— Since, as far as she knew, there was nobody there to see her other than her boyfriend and the younger girl, she couldn’t have been walking out in her bikini to “show off” or “be seen” before getting into the water. With no audience, it would be pointless (the boyfriend and other girl were in the indoor portion of the pool, but the older girl came directly out of the locker room to the outdoor portion of the pool, so her boyfriend didn’t even provide an “audience”).
— I was behind her from the time she came out of the locker room (she actually came out just ahead of my exit through the front door), so she never saw me until she was actually in the water. I doubt she was covering up for my “benefit”; in any case she had the T-shirt and shorts in hand when she jumped into the water and immediately put them on, so it looked like that was her plan all along.
I know from personal experience that it’s much more difficult to put on wet clothes than dry clothes; I imagine it’s even more difficult to do in the water. So if she intended from the beginning to swim in T-shirt and shorts, why not simply wear them over her swimsuit to begin with, before getting in the water? Is there some secret girl-logic I’m missing here?
This is going to bug me unless somebody can come up with a plausible explanation.