There is another reason that I fear summer – sunburns.
I come from a family with skin so pale that we’re almost albino. We have exactly two skin tones – ghostly white and fiery red (after a few minutes in the sun). Have you seen the new spf 50 sun blocks? That’s not enough. I’m looking forward to spf 100. I want something that’s going to be so effective blocking the sun that it will be as if I’m going out at midnight.
I don’t want to give you the wrong impression – we’re not vampires. We do like to go outside during daylight hours– we just can’t stay out for more than a few minutes without starting to do our boiled lobster imitations.
What I really need is a full body bathing suit – something that covers me from my ankles to my neck. That way I wouldn’t have to worry about sunburns (and I wouldn’t have to think about the few extra pounds that I might possibly have put on last winter though I’m still not admitting to anything). I think surfers have the right idea – this year I’m going to wear a wet suit. Maybe I’ll even start carrying around a small surf board to complete the look.
You can laugh now, but after you try on a few bathing suits, you might start thinking that it makes sense. So look for me at the pool this summer. You’ll know me – I’ll be the pale one wearing the wetsuit with a smile on my face.