Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Tan Lines Equate To Summer Fun


If you're anything like me, you've spent your summer outside in pools, lakes, and parks. If you're also like me, you have a few favorite swimming suits that you wear. These suits are all different, which means the straps hit in different places, one suit the back in completely open, while on another it goes clear up to my neck. Do you know what that means?

I have some funky ass tan lines.

We've spent so much time at our local water park that I have a good tan going on. For the first half of the summer, I wore only one swimming suit. It was by far my favorite and always at the top of my swimming suit drawer, so that was the lucky suit for June and July. Then, in preparation for our boating trip, I purchased a new swimming suit, dug through my drawer to find other suits, and promptly wore them to the pools.

It wasn't until Sunday, as I looked in the mirror examining my bruises from our car accident, that I realized how ridiculous my tan lines look. My back is lighter than the rest of my body because it's only recently been uncovered in a newly found suit. I have various tan lines on my shoulders and neck from the different cuts of swimming suits. But by far the funniest tan lines are those from my waterproof phone carrier. 

I didn't even think about that strap leaving tan lines on my body! I doubt anyone would look at it and know it's not from a suit, but I laughed (hard) when I realized what it was from. In my early twenties, I would have died at the thought of exuberant tan lines. Now, I laugh and know they equate to a fun summer when we played hard. Much like scars and marks on our bodies, tan lines show just how much we've gotten to live this summer. After summer of 2020, I'll easily take the crazy tan lines.