Summer in New York has been H-O-T.
I am one of those people who obsesses over sunsreen. Not just because I'm a mom. I've been crazy over sunscreen for years because I had the burn of all burns
the burn that scarred me
the burn that caused blisters
the burn that didn't heal for months
....and it was on my BOOBS.
I once was a carefree teenager working at camp wearing cute little bikinis with my cute little body and not wearing sunscreen.
All it took was one day.
One day of wearing a skimpier bathing suit than normal.
One day where the sun was blazing.
One day of sitting by the pool, watching my campers swim.
One freaking hot day.
The burn came on kind of slow.
First it was red
Then came the blisters
Next came the scabs - really attractive to have scabby boobs when you're 16 years old.
There was not enough aloe in the world to make this burn go away. I wore bathing suits that covered the hurt area for the rest of the summer. And if my memory holds, it took until September for it to totally heal.
I have scars now, small ones, but scars nonetheless.
I do not leave the house without sunscreen on. It is in my moisturizer/makeup even in the winter months and during the summer I bathe in the stuff.
This post was written as part of Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop