Sunday, August 28, 2005

More Stupidity

Speaking of stupid, let me give you another example.

Me.

Today, I took my boys to Wild Waves. The weather forecast promised cloudy weather, sixty-nine degrees at best. Only a few miles from home, sprinkles of rain dotted my windshield. A perfect Pacific Northwest summer day!

All of this was fine with me. After all, the worse the weather, the fewer the crowds. The fewer the crowds, the less standing in line. The less standing in line, the happier I am.

Only, the clouds parted and the sun shone.

And now I--the daughter of a man who died from skin cancer--I have my first sunburn of the summer. And my kids are kind of pink, too.

Stupid, stupid, stupid. I know better. I even heard that little voice in my head say, "Stick that bottle of sunscreen in the bag, just in case," but that voice was drowned out by my actual voice shouting, "FIND HIS SANDALS! WE NEED TO LEAVE! I AM BEGGING YOU! FIND THE SANDALS!"

We did have a fine time, though, despite having to pay $35.00 for lunch at Subway inside the park grounds. A small soft drink was $2.99 and a 6-inch sub sandwich was $5.49! Since Six Flags took over the park, everything costs a whole lot more. We rode a couple of roller coasters as soon as we arrived and didn't have to wait in line at all. The twins refuse to ride roller coasters now, perhaps because of my coercion this summer at Disney MGM, so they waited while my youngest son and I rode each one twice because he loves coasters as much as I do.

I had a moment, a flash of panic, really, when I thought, I am not going to wear a swimsuit in public! And then I did anyway. If you spend your whole life waiting for the day you are fit and cute enough to play at a waterpark, you might never do it. Meanwhile, your kids grow up! And plus, have you ever looked at people at a waterpark? Occasionally, you see a "perfect" body, but mostly you just see all sizes and shapes and degrees of flabbiness. And a lot of belly-button-rings and permanent ink designs on backs and arms and questionable unsupportive swimsuits in dire need of "What Not to Wear" help.

So, we rode tube slides and water slides and floated in the wave pool and meandered around the river rafting pool on innertubes. My youngest son, aka The Reason We Went to the Waterpark, became more and more listless, less and less joyful and finally, when I asked what was wrong, he admitted his head hurt.

He has the virus my twin boys had a week or two ago. Starts with headache, ends with coughing. At least we had some fun before his head exploded and our skin broiled right off our bones.

4 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

well, I remembered the sunblock for the kids but not for me and now I have sunburned shoulders. oh, well, at least now I have proof I was out in the sunshine enjoying the summer!!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Darling said...

When I go in the sun I look like an alien. I wear hats sunglassess long sleeves and ny thing else I can tie or buckle on. I have such a phobia about that sun, ya know?

2:09 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I LOVE 'What Not To Wear'!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Diddy-Win said...

Mel, I was going to post a picture of my basal cell carcinoma, but thought it may be in bad taste. Kind of like the woman who came to my house after my 2 year old son had just been rushed to the e.r. in an ambulance after having a febrile seizure, and said, "That is EXACTLY what happened to my daughter before she went deaf!" I almost slammed the door in her face. That is why I didn't post the picture.

10:28 PM  

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