The sun has not always been kind to me.
Last week was a clear example. We went to a friend’s cottage in Muskoka and had a fantastic time. The only problem was that the entire day Saturday was spent in and out of the water. The morning started with Sara and I swimming across the lake, later in the afternoon we amassed a huge floatilla of inflatable rafts, pool noodles, and a paddle boat. I’m pretty sure we hung out in the middle of the lake for a good 2+ hours on that thing.
And yes, I put on sunscreen. Yes and no, I suppose.
I put some on my back and then went swimming and hung out in the water without reapplying. In hindsight, twas quite foolish.
That night, the entire top of my back was bright red and sore to the touch. Sore probably is not the correct word to describe how it felt. The phrase I used at the time contained language I’d prefer not to include here.
As an added bonus, I banged my foot on the side of my bed before crawling inside, nicely balancing out the pain from top to bottom.
Over the years, my skin colour has been described by others as white, pasty, lacking of melanin, on the verge of albinism. While I strongly disagree with the latter, it is true that I am a touch on the pale side. And I burn. Put me outside on a bright, sunny day and I’ll be medium rare to well done in a half hour – in the winter.
As far as sunburns have gone in my life, this one was a doozy. With both shoulders burnt, sleep was not kind – especially when you roll over on either side, and I tend to roll a lot. Still, one week later, both shoulders remained red, blistered and peeling, it really was quite gross.
Anywho, my red shoulders and back were the inspiration behind today’s post. Travelling to Southeast Asia I must admit I’m pretty scared of the Southeast Asian sun. As such, light pants (that convert into shorts) along with light long sleeve shirts are going to earn a prominent position in my suitcase beside my hat.
They say you’re not supposed to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry because you end up buying way more food then you need as stomach overrides brain in the decision making. Perhaps the same can be said about buying sunscreen when your shoulders are throbbing.
We stopped at a pharmacy and I noticed sunscreen was on sale for 25% off. Also, in the back of the store I found a coupon for an additional $5 off. I came home with three large bottles of sunscreen. Surely, this will be enough.
But what if I run out? What if I can’t find more? How much will the panicked white man be charged to shield himself from the sun?
Maybe I should go back and get one more…