They boys say hello. They are doing just fine. I am not. I have horrible sunburn…
I’ve been training with my school district and a local group on how to analyze the state of the local waterways. The goal is to take what we have learned and incorporate it to our classrooms. It’s been a pretty fun week. Today we had to write a research question about water quality, gather equipment, do research, and report results.
My group decided that we needed to be on a boat all day long. I sprayed on a thick coat of sunblock, put on my hat, put on my water shoes, got my research supplies, and head out with my group. I buy SPF 50 or higher. I’m prone to burning. Normally, I reapply several times a day but we were going on a small skiff. We all had to pack light. I had to leave most of my gear on the dock. Besides, it was clouded over. I figured I would be fine. Right?
Wrong. I turned into a boiled lobster. Oh, it hurt. I went out after dinner to get some gel to sooth my skin. I drove to the local pharmacy. As I was looking for the gel, a lady walked by and said, “I hurt looking at you…”
I sadly responded, “I used SPF 50…”
That’s when the lady gave me the southern ‘you can say that but you are wrong’ “Uh-huh…”. I just gave her my best lobster smile and continued on to find the Aloe Vera gel to sooth my skin.
I selected the ‘premium level’ gel thinking it would give me the most relief. I walked to the counter and put the container of stuff down for the clerk to scan. He looked at me and asked, “Kinda after the fact, hun?”
I sighed and told him, “I used SPF 50.”
I got the “Uh-huh…” response again. Then he added, “Using this stuff is like taking a pregnancy test after you’re showing… its a bit too late…” He laughed to himself after taking my money.
“I USED SPF 50…” I growled. “It was water proof and long acting… I burn easily…”
“Sure, you did,” he said plopping the gel into a bag then handing it to me.
“Thanks,” I replied and grabbed the bag. On the way out I passed the lady that made the original comment.
She had to get in one last jab, “Hun, you past the sunscreen…”
I had it, ” I used sunblock!” I said to her and stomped out of the store. My skin was boiling and so was my anger. I got into my car, started it, and cranked the air conditioning. As I sat there, I applied the soothing gel. I felt the heat start to leave my skin.
I must have sat in the parking lot of the pharmacy for a good 10 minutes applying gel and drying it using the freezing air coming out of the car’s vents. People came and went as I sat. I got looks from several people. One guy paused a bit too long to stare at me. I didn’t let his look phase me. I rolled down my window and said, “I used sunblock.” Before he could say anything I rolled up my window and went back to my gel application. Life was good. I had my aloe vera gel…