In the spring of my senior year of high school my parents went out of town for the week, and since I was only 17 during my senior year they asked Kristen, one of my closest friends, to stay with me as my guardian since she is about 4 years older than I am.
It was a pretty good decision by my parents because we were both rule followers and pretty good kids. That week went well and we had fun hanging out without our parents around. That Thursday night we went out to dinner with our friend Robyn, who was also a senior in high school and not yet 18. We had so much fun that night together that we talked Kristen into calling us both in sick to the school office the next morning so we could continue the fun on Friday.
The next morning we got up at the regular school time and Robyn came over to my house instead of going to school. Kristen called the school twice and pretended to be our moms. Robyn and I jumped around in excitement because I don’t think we had ever ditched school before.
We decided to spend the day hanging out in the backyard swimming and “laying out”. Now that was the early 90s and taking care of your skin wasn’t that much of a concern. The three of us lathered up in baby oil and spent the day by the pool. Every time we swam, we reapplied.
Now friends, I’m not an olive skin gal like my two partners in crime. I’m Irish and have the stereotypical fair, freckly skin. Let’s just say my skin, baby oil, and spending all day in the sun didn’t mix. By the end of the day, my backside was so sunburned I looked like a lobster.
It was an awful night. My skin hurt so bad and I couldn’t sleep on my back. I never did blister, but it was red and sore for several days. I think that was the worst I’d ever been burned. Since that day, I’ve been so very careful in the sun, and never used baby oil again!
On a side note, my parents never found out that I ditched school until just a couple of years ago. My mom was in town and a group of us got together for drinks at a wine bar. Kristen and I told her the story that night. We should have just kept it to ourselves because she didn’t find it quite as funny as we did.