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When Will I Learn?

2012 May 25

By Jeanethe Falvey

Years ago, my best friend called me while leaving the movie theater specifically to say, “my mom says you’re exactly like Dory!”

I replied, “I really want to take that as a compliment, but I’m not so sure that I can.”

You see, I had already seen this movie. Images of the permanently optimistic, exuberantly playful, but ever-forgetful blue fish bouncing on the jellyfish in Finding Nemo came to mind and I was pondering at the time how to feel about this conclusion.

As if I had a choice.

Though I haven’t mastered my whale communication skills as much as I yearn to, I have long since accepted that it’s a fairly accurate representation. There are worse cartoon characters to resemble.

This past weekend is a prime example. For the 20-somethingth time (this seems to happen once a year ever since I’ve been in control of it) I managed to completely forget that I was in fact, soaking up rays of sunshine while out enjoying myself soaking up rays of sunshine. I roasted my exposed body parts in the process.

I EVEN went to the dermatologists for the first time in my adulthood to get a checkup two weeks prior. I EVEN remarked that fact to a friend I was sitting with at the time, and we began to compare sun spots.

Sometimes I wonder about myself. Both of us in this case.

So now, a few days later with shoulders that are STILL hot to the touch, I’ve applied my fill of pure, all natural aloe – none of that diluted fake stuff – and I’m once again vowing to never step out of doors without anything less than SPF 30 on. SPF 5,000 where I’m already fried.

As EPA spreads the word about safely enjoying the rays for Don’t Fry Day today (but really every day, HEY just like Earth Day!) I thought I might add my lack of cents to the mix. We all forget. Especially if you live somewhere that’s gray, rainy and you deal with snowfall (usually) at some point during the year. If you’re anything like me you migrate like a sunflower to the brightly lit side of the street and if you could physically hug the rays you would, just because you’re so grateful they exist.

Just do so safely. It’s not worth the burn (again).

About the author: Jeanethe Falvey writes from EPA’s Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education, as the project-lead for Pick 5 and the State of the Environment, two projects geared towards learning, sharing and gaining a greater collective connection to our environment.

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. May 27, 2012

    Jeanette!
    Your English is wonderful, I suppose.

  2. June 12, 2012

    I think I like this article.Interesting. :)

  3. July 23, 2012

    Truly inspiring article.

  4. August 7, 2012

    Jeanethe, I think we never have enough time to learn as much as we’d like, unfortunately.

  5. August 12, 2012

    Verry good article inspireing

  6. joc excavatoare permalink
    August 18, 2012

    Your article is amazing, good work

  7. November 9, 2012

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  8. Proper Health Tips permalink
    November 9, 2012

    nice post…its really inspiring..

  9. Jocuri gratis online permalink
    January 2, 2013

    That is my biggest concern, finding a Derm that is reputable and knowledgeable about darker skin. I want to see one but am nervous about mistreatment. It’s not like you can cover your face if there is a mishap. It’s your face!

  10. Virtuemart Extensions permalink
    March 2, 2013

    I think I like this article.Interesting. :)

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