Almost summer…finally

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Keels Keel summer family gatherings involve plenty of suntan lotion, water and sunglasses.

By DEBBIE KEEL

North Fulton Hospital CEO

I admit it. This is a public apology. I was the reason that our coldest days of the winter, complete with blustery north winds and freezing rain, came AFTER Easter. Duh…weren’t we supposed to start wearing our summer clothes that week?

It’s clear to me now. My friends told me this when I moved here, but I didn’t listen. You see, I took my winter coats and scarves to the cleaner right BEFORE Easter. Sort of like washing your car causing the biggest rainfall of the year.

But now it’s May, and we’ve had a gradual warming ever since. The shorts and sandals are out in force, at least at a recent Keel clan gathering. So, it’s not too early to give your family some summer safety reminders:

 

  1. Stock up on suntan lotion, and use it early (yes, you can get sunburned even if it’s still a little cool outside) and often. As you can see, I had three blond, blue-eyed carbon copies of my husband (and now they have re-prints of their own) so I bought and used suntan lotion by the gallon. Also, be sure the lotion you have left over isn’t expired – yes, suntan lotion does expire. Some lotions have an expiration date, but many lose their effectiveness after a year. If you store your lotion in a hot place, it is more likely to be less effective.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids…excluding sodas, of course. How about good, old fashioned water? Every system in your body depends on it. It doesn’t even have to be in a bottle, but could come right out of your tap.
  3. Protect your eyes. You only have two (except moms who have been known to have “eyes in the back of their head” to see what their kids are doing). You don’t have to spend $300 on a pair of sunglasses to do this. Just be sure they have an ultraviolet protection, preferably 100 percent UV protection. Also, children need UV protection even more than adults.

These are just three things to remember. I didn’t even include things like “Be nice to your kids ‘cause they will be back in school before you know it,” or “Yes, you should have been a teacher so you’d have the summer off!”

Oh, and one more, in the words of Henry James, “Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

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