The comments on yesterday’s post seemed more concerned with my sunburn than my ugly glasses. I hadn’t noticed the sunburn so I took another look at the photo. I don’t think it is sunburn; I’m sure I would have remembered because I’m careful about being out in the sun i.e. I never am, if I can help it; and I always cover up.
My reluctance to be outside stems from my first year in South Africa. I had a day at the Vaal River, and I came back looking like a tomato sauce flavoured gingerbread man. As a child, I went golden brown in the sun; at nineteen, I looked like someone had peeled the flesh from my body and toasted it. I spent four days in bed, imitating Leonardo Da Vinci’s illustration and begging for death.
My mother tried to help, advising me to take baths as hot as I could stand, because that was a sure way to kill sunburn – heat my body even more. There may even have been a point during my delirium when mother dear slathered me in butter. I’m surprised I wasn’t hospitalised. An interesting sidebar: did you know that old wives’ tales won’t necessarily make you better and may, in fact, prolong your agony, no matter how well-intentioned your bonkers mother may be? Lucky for her I didn’t feel the need to step on a crack and break her back.
I never went out in the sun again without hat, lotion and a skin covering of some sort. I think my pink arms in the photo are caused by the sun shining through the overhead canopy, under which, you will note, I am carefully sitting, legs pointedly in the shade. Look at my legs: they give milk a bad name. At this point I had been living in South Africa for about five years, and I look like I just stepped off the boat. I was in South Africa for fourteen years altogether, and I never once had a tan.
Check the woman to my right: she is also pink, especially her hair.
I thank you all for your concern; it is much appreciated. Once again, I can only apologise for the glasses. Now there’s something that should have burned.
- Best remedy for sunburn (apart from not getting burnt in the first place!) (childraisingtips.wordpress.com)
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- Ease Sunburn Pain Naturally (newworldreallife.wordpress.com)