Saturday, July 4, 2009

i don't know this sun


as a child in the 1950's, i would spend all my days out of doors. we didn't know what sunscreen was. or sun hats. in the early 60's i hung out at the local swimming pool. lathered up with johnson's baby oil. rarely burned and by mid-summer had tanned to dark brown. in the early 80's i bathed nude in the intense heat of the greek sun. but it is not the same sun now. i find it frightening. 5 minutes in the sun without protection and i feel that my skin is being rubbed with stinging nettle. what have we done to the sun...

2 comments:

MyMixMix said...

It truly is frightening, living at the elevation I do especially. And, trying to educate my grandchildren about the importance of hats, sunglasses, sun screen, etc is frustrating as well.

Shammickite said...

Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, long sleeve cover ups, all necessary in todays world.... but haven't really been needed much in S Ontario so far this summer. Cool, cloudy and rainy.... but I'm sure it will change soon.