5 Quarts of Sunscreen

I live in Florida, so during the summer months if I so much as stick my big toe out the door my hair turns into an giant frizz ball and dots of sweat break out on the back of my shirt like hives. In the year 2010 B.C. (Before Children), it was only when I dumped crumbs of cereal into a milkless bowl that I would venture into the swampy air and climb into a car whose internal heat had climbed to 108 degrees. Now, in the year 2014 A.D. (All Done) I’m forced to brave the elements more often, fly the coop, and make the best of the heat.

Rather than sit and bake like a cookie, I suggest two options: get moving or get wet.

If you chose to move, keep in mind that the faster you go, the more wind you generate and the cooler the activity will feel. Also, consider getting out of the house early in the morning or at dusk when the sun doesn’t try to fry you like a slice a bacon. Hop on that bike, lace up those roller skates, or push that neighborhood kid off his Razor and ride into the sunset.

Water activities have a distinct advantage over the moving activities: no one can tell you’re sweating! There are tons of sites out there with ideas for kids. Here are two I found that offer tons of ideas, many including H2O.



But why should those youngins’ get to have all the fun? Water fights are fun for all ages. Invite a bunch of friends over for a watered down version of paintball by using water balloons or water guns. If you’re getting together with family, arrange a bunch of chairs around a kiddie pool. Have side tables or TV trays accessible for people to rest their drinks, ice cream, or watermelon. Put it all under the shade and voila – a homemade watering hole for catching up with everyone.

While you’re sitting in the shade or on the beach, read the “Don’t Forget to Wear Sunscreen” column from Mary Schmich (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-schmich-sunscreen-column,0,4054576.column). If you’re part of Generation X or older, you probably remember reading or hearing the advice, so it’s fun to revisit Schmich’s advice and consider whether it really was wasted on youth.