I mentioned recently that I was inspired after attending a fall festival and my daughters reaction to seeing me bringing the sunscreen from the car. Since then I really have felt that this is the right thing to do. I have been to several more fall festivals. In the south, we are still wavering between short sleeves and thin long sleeves or hoodies. Thankful that I don't live in a colder climate.
This past Saturday, I took my daughter to a local church festival. It was a cooler day, very windy, but sunny. After a couple of hours, I was noticing lots of pink cheeks. Now, some of that may have been from the wind, my lips definitely got chapped, but I think it was mostly from the sun.
Monday, Halloween, there were two festivals. The first is the one that I really want to talk about. It was at my daughters school, just for the two Pre-K classes, and I was a volunteer. I was assigned to do face painting. Not what I signed up for, I actually told them that I would do anything but face painting. At the Saturday festival, I ran into one of the teachers and she told me what I would be doing. So I had plenty of time to mentally prepare myself.
I got there early and was helping a teacher set up. It was chilly in the shade, but warm in the sun. I asked her if I could be positioned in the shade, but as we set up that did not happen. I understand trying to keep the kids out of the shade, since it was also a little damp, the shade was cool, but I was really panicking. Yes, I had on sunscreen and my spf moisturizer and make up. When another parent came in costume, I actually considered the possibility of using my hood as added protection.
I wonder if some day the thought of spending an hour in the sun, mid-day, is not going to put me in panic-mode. I know that other than my daughter, most of my family thinks I am overreacting when I scramble for sunscreen for short bursts of outside time. I don't like that, but the sun is the reason I have this scar on my arm and all these biopsy spots that look like cigarette burns or eraser sized divots. I get so frustrated sometimes that they don't get it, or want to get it. I wish I could be more relaxed when I know I have on sun protection, but SEEK SHADE is not something to ignore either. I know that it isn't going to happen, although I pray for the ability to relax and maintain my composure and embrace the moment, it will never leave the back of my head.
In that hour that passed very quickly, I painted about 20 faces or hands. I couldn't help but notice all the pink cheeks. I also noticed that my snow white daughter did not turn pink, even though she did not leave my side in the spotlight of the sun. It wasn't a big ordeal for her, she got her sunscreen as she got dressed in the morning. I really cant wait for the opportunity to speak with parents about the importance of sun protection.