Saturday, October 23, 2010

First Memorable Sunburn

Searching through the last few writing prompts from the Writer's Workshop, looking for something to activate my brain.

"It was a bad burn. Tell about the worst sunburn you ever received. How did that happen!?!"

Well this one could work but I'm going to change it a little. I'm going to tell you of the first sunburn I remember getting.

I was 11 years old and we were having a yard sale. We were preparing for our journey across the world. (Well that is how it felt at the time!) We was headed to the wasteland of Texas. From what I had see in the westerns on the tv, it was a land of desert with no trees and mirages of water. I was scared, worried and very much in protest, not just in words but in actions too.

I was told that I had to down size all my belonging to ONE small suitcase. We was selling everything for money for the trip. I mean everything, from clothes to toys to beds. I trudged around in a sour face at every purchase that was made of my things. It was bad enough that I was being taken from my friends, grandparents and even my cat, but to have to watch these strangers walk off with my treasured toys was unbearable. Everything that I forced into my suitcase was at least safe.

I was dressed in a girls undershirt and a skirt. For those of you who have no clue what a girls undershirt is Except mine had lace around the edging, with a little bow at the neckline. Not much different than today's regular shirts.

My dad was yelling at me to go get a shirt on and I was being all rebellious and refused. (What it really was.. I didn't want to let my parents see what I was keeping in fear that they would decided I had to get rid of it.) I guess he got tired of fighting with me, cause I wore that undershirt all day with nothing else on top of it.

The next morning when I woke up my skin was tight and when I tried to move the pain crept in. Yup I had a sunburn on my arms, shoulders, neck and face. I was scared and yet fascinated. I keep remembering me standing in front of the mirror checking it out and touching it, watching the flesh go from red to white and back to red with each touch.

Of course my mothers cure for all things was Epsom salt and Calamine Lotion. So after soaking in a bath of grainy salt, I was lathered up in pink! I was not a pink kinda girl, so you can imagine the horror!

Guess I should have listened to my dads yelling and went and put a shirt on! LOL!

Little did I know, I was moving to the kingdom of many many sunburns!



Jen said... [Reply to comment]

I always laugh when they tell me in Colorado that the sun is stronger than what I'm used to...NOT!

That must have been frightening for a little girl.

Paula said... [Reply to comment]

Humm found you at Lucy's. Yes being a born and bred Texan and fair skinned I know about those sunburns. My worse was from swimming (I use that word losely) in a cow trough and then walking on a country road while still wet.

Carol said... [Reply to comment]

I think I got my worst sunburns as an adult. As a kid, I latered up in baby oil or olive oil and got dark brown. Not so smart as an adult. I remember taking the kids to Joshua Tree for a weekend, and having to put a long-sleeved shirt on for the drive home because the sun hitting my suburned shoulders and arms was just too painful.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Lucy said...

My first sunburn that I remember was as you can imagine being born in 1929, The great depression and I was about 8years old and so hot but not enough for a neighbor girl and me to head out to nowhere on a dirt road taking turns pushing the wagon. I also had enough sun that I was really sick, couldn't keep water down. Finally mom brought out a cold bucket of water and literally dumped that water on me. I quit vomiting and when I finally went in the house she kept putting cold rags on my forehead, the next day was painful to mopve.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Paula Welcome to my page!

Stephanie Faris said... [Reply to comment]

OUCH. My worst sunburn was when I was a teenager, preparing for prom. I went to a tanning bed and got the brilliant idea to go topless for the first time ever. Ever burned an area of your body that had never seen sunlight before? It ain't pretty. My boobies got a MAJOR sunburn...and it stung like nothing had ever stung before. I was in major pain for a couple of days and learned that if you're going to tan virgin skin, do it GRADUALLY!

Jimmy said... [Reply to comment]

Yep I can just imagine and yes in Texas you have seen quite a few more sunburns since then.

Great visual of the skin going from red, to white then back again, I can almost feel the sting.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I can imagine how you felt! I love your style of telling stories. I was right there with you.

Tinkerschnitzel said... [Reply to comment]

My worst sunburn was the day I went to what was Wet n Wild. We were there from open to close. I couldn't take my bathing suit off for 2 days, and just wore it under my clothes. I haven't spent that much time in direct sunlight since!

Rose said... [Reply to comment]

when we don't listen to the folks it can backfire. i bet you rarely get sunburn. rose

Eric said... [Reply to comment]

This year I had a sunburn so bad on my back, I was wondering if someone can actually die from it.

SuziCate said... [Reply to comment]

You poor baby! At least you can chalk it up to childish stubborness. My worst burn is from adult stupidity!

kathryn said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, you poor thing! So you can equate sunburn with all your stuff being sold to strangers! Two bad memories for the price of one.


Angelia Sims Hardy said... [Reply to comment]

Those first burns are the worst! Why are we so stubborn as kids?? LOL.

I will spend an hour applying sunscreen now. I hate to burn. For the wedding, I did the sunless tanning booth spray. It was really easy and turned out good. I was surprised. I figured with my luck I'd end up orange. HA.