“There’s a polar bear.” Looks down at camera and bats eyes back at Nick.
Nick sighs. “Would you like me to take your picture with the polar bear?”
“Would you, please?”
Nick takes a picture of me in front of a polar bear. Later the same day, another conversation takes place that sounds more like this one:
“You should probably look up and smile. You’re drinking a beer in front of a polar bear!”
And so, over one very short trip to Norway — and of a total of about 160 pictures taken on said trip — approximately (okay, exactly) 23 of them are of one of us with a polar bear. Or two of us with a polar bear. Or of just a polar bear. Sadly none of them are of all three of us with a polar bear (in retrospect, a significant oversight on my part).
When you’re where the polar bears are, you need pictures. Because these trips are once-in-a-lifetime. Because we’re tourists and everybody knows it, so why try to play it cool? Because it’s a polar bear. Because life is too short not to be your goofy self. Because looking back at these pictures will remind us of fun days and happy times…And because while right now our times are fun and happy, they won’t always be…and those pictures might reminds us that even if today isn’t happy, we’re immensely blessed. But mostly, because they’re polar bears!
Be honest. If you had the chance to get a picture with a polar bear, wouldn’t you do it?