It’s Throwback Thursday! Due to the weather, I thought I’d re-post a gem from 2010 when there was no sun. Proof that we’ll make it.
We’ve missed you! We’re over the clouds and the rain and the sinus headache that Deb’s had for the past week (thank you barometric pressure). We can’t wait to go outside.
We’ve missed you and can’t wait to feel your warm rays on our skin. Get a little Vitamin D fix and let you kiss our faces. If we had a spare hour, we’d sit on the deck and take a nap.
But, we can’t do that anymore. We have to resist. But, we can remember.
Years ago, when you came for a visit in the spring, we’d put on our bikinis and throw you a party. We’d lay towels out on the patio and invite all our friends. We’d slather our bodies with baby oil and bask in your glow.
We hoped we’d turn a deep brown. But, often we’d turn a little pink. Other times, we’d over do it a little and have to pull out a bottle of vinegar to soothe the burn. Once, we could have sworn we smelled burnt bacon.
Later on, we got smarter. In order to spend the entire day in your company, we’d put on sun tan lotion. What a great product! It did exactly what it said- gave you a tan (as long as you didn’t miss any parts).
What a miracle! We could stay out all day- at the pool, tennis courts, and at parties. We got the deepest, darkest tans ever (and, if you need any proof, see any of our pics from high school or college. You won’t recognize us!)
Then one day, we heard on the news, that it may not be smart to be such good friends with you. Since we were older and wiser, we decided to listen. We got some sun block with a fancy SPF number. Just once in the morning and we were all set.
Until we had babies (and got a couple of wrinkles, which of course weren’t your fault. That just happens with age). Those two little fair haired, blue eyed creatures needed to be shielded from your love. We’d load them up with waterproof baby block, put their sun hats on and stick them in the shade right by the pool that we lounged in to cool off.
It took a few more years for us to discover how dangerous you can be. Our dad went to the doctor for a routine check-up and came out with a diagnosis of basal and squamous cell carcinoma. He had a few spots burned off, a little surgery and a skin graft on his forehead.
You see, he loved you as much as we. He’d run out and meet you every day and play baseball while your rays beat down on his skin. And since he didn’t have all the new-fangled products we did growing up, all your kisses damaged his skin.
Yesterday, he went for another round of surgery. He had another squamous cell removed and had to have another skin graft. He’s sore all over and feels terrible. The worst part- this will happen again and again.
So, as much as we love you and can’t wait to bask in your glory, it’s time for restraint. Just a few moments with SPF 30 are all we’re allowed. And, our kids still wear 50. And, wear sun shirts and hats. It has to be done.
Ah sunshine, we’ll always adore you. We have such fond memories. So, stay around. We’ll be in the shade.
Debbie and Laurie
Girls, any skin cancer in your familes? How do you protect your kids from the rays?