Force Sun Ray Attack

My husband and I went away this past weekend to celebrate our upcoming anniversary. The anniversary isn’t for a few more days, but we’ll be going on our family vacation right after our anniversary and didn’t want to do that much driving back to back. After much talk, we ended up going to Myrtle Beach, which is also where we’re going for our vacation — clearly we aren’t “variety is the spice of life” people.

One thing that you should know about me is that I’m pretty white. Casper looks like he’s been hitting up the tanning bed compared to me. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but trust me — the non-freckled over parts of my body definitely have a ghastly pallor. It probably goes without saying that I burn very easily. Sunscreen, cover-ups or t-shirts, and shade are absolute musts for me at the beach if I don’t want to be slathering bottle after bottle of aloe vera gel all over my body later. (The shade is also a must if I want to hang out on the beach for more than 15 minutes without feeling like I’m going to puke — I don’t do heat very well, which can be rough living in the South.)

You’d think that between the umbrella, cover-up, and dusting of sunscreen so thick that other people gagged when they passed by the fog, that I’d finish the beach day unscathed. But, much like my ovaries, the sun hates me and was determined to find a way to mark me.

See all that lovely shade? Not pictured is the sunscreen fog, which I made sure to apply routinely. Also not pictured is my husband with the darker skin that doesn’t burn (not that I’m jealous), because I’m lazy and didn’t want to draw two people.

Those preventative measures were no match for the sun.

Forget force lightning attacks — we now have force sun ray strikes.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and clearly the Evil Kool-Aid Man sun was dead set on getting at me.

Technically the burn is on the inside of my left leg (which is even more in the shade), but that wouldn’t show up so good on the drawing, so artistic license and all that.

First things first — that isn’t much of a burn. I’ll acknowledge that straightaway. It stung like hell in the hot tub, but that’s about it. So, as someone who has had severe sunburns in the past, I know that I made out pretty good on this beach trip. But that’s not really the point. The point is — look at it. That leg was under the umbrella and multiple coats of sunscreen. Yet the sun worked its mojo and gave me that odd burn that looks like I’d broken out into hives or something. This is what happens nearly every time I go to the beach — lots of skin safety measures taken and lots of funky, splotchy burns.

All the sun silliness aside, we had a wonderful and relaxing time. It was nice experiencing what the beach could be like without two kids who are determined to stuff sand in your mouth and complain about the salt in the ocean water nonstop. I’m mostly kidding — I know we’ll have a wonderful time with the kids next week — but it was nice to get a break.

Did y’all have a nice weekend? 


Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

37 thoughts on “Force Sun Ray Attack”

  1. I can relate. Went to granddaughters graduation last year and did all the usual, forgot about exposing my hands holding the umbrella. Burned to a crisp! I think what caused the burn behind your knee might just have been heat itself? I don’t know, but I’ve had those strange burns also. Good luck on the vacation.😉

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  2. hahaha I am an aging red head! Curses! I say that I am whiter than ‘white people’. Have had some epic burns. The worst was canoeing on a cloudy day! The inside leg is a bugger!

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  3. LOL I am like your husband and my husband is like you. We went on a family vacation and while he was protected for the most part, the tops of his feet got so burned that he could not put shoes on and had to take a few days off work because of 2nd degree burns! The blisters were huge! There were a few other mishaps on that vacation which we now lovingly remember as the Vacation from Hell.

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  4. Bleugh, poor you! I feel your pain. I’m a shade darker than you, but I still burn very easily. It could be the end of winter and I’ll burn…
    I had a nice weekend – no sunburns, because it was surprisingly cloudy yesterday during a backyard birthday party. Hallelujah!

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    1. Ugh, same here. I had a nasty sunburn in February after staying outside watching soccer for an hour. I had to laugh at it because of the timing.

      Nice! Cloud coverage is a wonderful thing 😀


  5. Same, same, same. I don’t understand HOW it happens. I mean really! I’m sorry for your hive-y burn. I DID have a lovely weekend. Just perfect. I may be spoiled 😀

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  6. Kids will always find something to complain about. Take ’em to Disney they’ll complain about all the walking. Buy them new clothes they’ll complain about how they fit. Buy real butter instead of margarine they’ll complain that it tastes yucky and is dried out. Two of those really happened and it ain’t Disney. Glad you could get away without them! We got away for an afternoon and night without our two at the end of April and it was delightful!

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    1. So, so true! We used to dread taking Little Man anywhere because we knew the complaining would kick in very quickly. Baby Girl doesn’t complain yet, just acts like a wild savage.


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  7. I’m starkly white and don’t think I’ve ever tanned in my entire life. I just sunburn, endure the pain, then turn white again. Rather annoying in the past, but now it’s an excuse to avoid the beach 🙂 I consider this a win, lol.

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  8. I like to say that I am two shades away from albino I am that pale. I reflect sunlight!! I try to manage with 50SPF or higher AND a sun umbrella…which was bought in Asia where they are serious about not getting darker and it’s been treated with UVA and UVB protective spray – such a great investment!! lol

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      1. The umbrella is pretty great! And it is a shame to hide from the sun – but also, if I get to the end of the summer without a sunburn, it’s like a personal victory which I celebrate haha!

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  9. 🤔🤔beach without kids…..💃😂😁😁. I am now dreaming. I very much loooove my munchkins but boy, give me the beach in all it’s glory and I am set. Sweet tea, water or umbrella concoction 🤔🤔🤔

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    1. It’s amazing. Every time we go on our family vacation, we’ll try to give each other some alone time to relax, and it was super nice to do that together for a change lol


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