But, there is no rhyme or reason to this season. I listened to the weather before my morning departure – 55 degrees F (13 C), so I dressed for 55 degrees. The weatherman even said it was coolish out due to yesterday’s gloomy day. However, I cast off my hoodie, tied it around my waist, then rolled up my sleeves halfway to the Park. Whew, that sun was hot, or was it just my imagination? Nope, I arrived at the Park and, just like me, I saw several other women walkers, their hoodies looped around their waist and in short-sleeved shirts.
When I returned home, the weatherman said “we’re in for a spike in temperatures because the temps will climb to 80 degrees (27 C) and now the high angle of the sun will make it very easy to get sunburned, so be sure to apply the sunscreen.”
In my mind I flashed back to my teen years and cautions by my mom like “don’t lay out in the sun – you’ll end up looking like a prune when you’re older” or “if you get a few more burns like this one, you’ll look like old shoe leather – neither your grandmother or me laid in the sun and we have skin like a baby’s bum.”
So … ask me if I laid out in the sun anyway? Yes, I did and maybe you ignored that good advice too? I ended up with a few really bad sunburns from parking myself in front of a sun lamp or baking out in the backyard. I was, and still am, fair-skinned and I even conceded “you were right Mom” while she slathered on the Noxzema medicated skin cream to tame that burn.
It’s okay to laze around in the sun if you’re a Snapping Turtle – after all, you waited through that long, cold Winter while burrowed down in the silt, deep below the Creek, dreaming of the day you’d come out to the cement landing and bask in the sunshine.
Perhaps my best advice to mother and daughter turtle is to at least apply a little zinc oxide to those perky noses!