Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Summer: A Blessing and A Curse?
Well, it's summer. I have mixed feelings about it. I love the idea of summer; wearing shorts and flip-flops, no need for heavy coats or snow boots. I love going to the pool or the beach. I love that everything is green and flowers are blooming. At least I love the beginning of summer; June and July are fun months. The problem is, it begins to get too hot. By the time August is here, I am ready for cooler weather. The flowers are wilting from the heat, and so am I.
I remember, as a kid, we played outside all summer. I don't remember ever feeling too hot. Was it cooler then, or are kids immune from the heat? Now there are days when I go outside and it feels like an oven. Some days it's so humid that it's hard to breathe. Now I worry about the sun, too. I don't remember putting on sunscreen when I was a child. I used to get sunburns that blistered; no wonder I had a melanoma (it was removed two years ago). So now, each morning before I get dressed I slather on the sunscreen. I can't just wake up, see a beautiful day and run out to meet it.
Summer also makes me yearn for a beach and a palm tree. I would LOVE summer if I could sit on a beach under a palm tree and watch the ocean. I would walk on the beach and lose weight. I would be skinny and tanned and happy!
Speaking of tanning, that's a problem for me. I have skin that burns rather than tans. When I was a teen I actually dreaded summer because everyone else would get tan and I felt like a pale freak. Kids were always holding their arms up against mine to compare; "ooh, look how PALE you are!". I thought it was extremely rude, as if they came up to someone and said "ooh, look how fat you are!".
The only time I've ever developed a tan was when I stayed in Hawaii for three weeks in a row. Just one more reason to love Hawaii!