Slip Slop Slap …
The beach part of my story is not about glamorous things like beach bunnies and bronze suntans … it’s about days spent at the beach getting sand in my mouth racing for flags in the nippers surf lifesaving program … it’s about many Sunday nights spent sleeping on wet towels to soothe the raging red blistering sunburn that I had achieved in just a few hours at nippers that day.
So yes, I grew up near the beach, but the beach has never really been my thing. I love the water and I love going for a swim, but I prefer a pool or clear clean creek rather than the beach any day … it’s the sand that I loathe, it gets everywhere. It’s itchy and once I had grown out of making sandcastles I really had no interest in sand anymore.
Many weekends spent eating sand and soothing sunburn was not entirely of my own choosing. Family friends had enrolled their kids in the nippers program and so my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to join nippers along with them. They did not consider that I have VERY fair skin and this was before the Slip Slop Slap campaign educated us all about sun sense.
Slip, Slop, Slap
For those of you who do not recall it, before exposure to the sun it is recommended that you … Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat … and to avoid exposure to the sun during the middle and hottest part of the day. Obviously no-one had informed the surf lifesavers about this sun sensible behaviour and so nippers was held between the approximate hours of 9am and 2pm. Perfect!!! Just perfect conditions for frying me to a crisp.
While I can never recall my Dad ever wearing a hat, he did have some degree sun sense … for as long as I can remember, he ALWAYS wore white overalls. Not the bib and brace style, but the coverall type with long sleeves. Being made of white cotton with a loose waist he would insist that they were surprisingly cool work clothes. Even on the hottest summer day, they provided ample sun protection. … to be continued …
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