There’s an old saying that says “black don’t crack,” but (in my NOLA voice) baaaaby don’t believe the hype!! Due to my ignorance and decision to not use sunblock, I’m experiencing a burning sensation that I’ve NEVER felt before! I’ve always heard people tell stories of sunburn, but for whatever reason it has never been my experience. I’ve gone to the beach many times and relaxed with no problem, until Jaco Beach entered the picture or I entered Jaco Beach!!! Let me first say that I had an absolute ball at the beach and when my friend suggested it, I admit I was contemplating whether or not I wanted to be there all day and do nothing and the answer was YES honey and loved every moment of it!! Fast forward to a day later and I get this tingling sensation all over my body (lips included- like WOW, really, the lips too?) and I’m thinking to myself, “what in the world is going on?” I first thought sand, but after my shower I knew exactly what it was (in my Newman voice (Seinfeld character) – SUNBURN!!!). How could this happen to me?!?! It happened because I didn’t think the sun would be an issue! Based on stories that I’ve heard I have a minor case and don’t want to imagine anything worse, but it feels like the devil is running up and down my body with pitchforks continuously poking me and laughing as I think about the sunblock that I actually brought to the beach, but didn’t take out the bag. My friends explanation was that it’s easier to burn as oppose to back in the day because “there are holes in the ozone layer and the missing filter of the U.V. rays .” I honestly don’t know what that means, but I do know that this adds new meaning to Alicia Keys song, “Girl on Fire!” https://soundcloud.com/aliciakeys/girl-on-fire-bluelight-version.
So, to all my chocolate friends out there that love the beach like myself, but think you and the sun have a special relationship and you choose not to protect your skin, don’t do it, don’t trade places with me Ms. Celie (Color Purple reference) and feel the burn because this pain right here, could’ve been avoided!! Now off I go to nurse my skin with the Aloe Vera leaf that I plucked for the yard.
Words of wisdom USE YOUR SUNBLOCK!!!
Peace and blessings