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Part Of My Shady Past



I gave my husband a bit of a surprise the other day when we were driving through my “old neighborhood”.  When we drove past a pizza parlor I told him that used to be a tanning salon where I went tanning.  Many things in that sentence don’t make sense if you knew me.  Even when I was going to the tanning salon there was a part of me that kept questioning my actions.  My mother would bring me articles, almost daily, on the dangers on tanning salons and yet, there I would go, twice a week.  When you live in the Pacific Northwest sometimes you’ll do anything to look as though the sun shines here more than it does, even acting like a rotisserie chicken.

Well, the days of my tanning booth visitations were many, many years ago.  Not only because I finally got it through my head the extreme danger I was putting myself in from tanning bed use, but also the fact that there are so many great self-tanning, or tanning bed lotions available that it seems absolutely ridiculous to put yourself in harms way when all you need to do use lotion to achieve a healthy glow.

Now that I am a mother I know that my actions speak volumes so, when my girls heard me say that I used to go to a tanning salon, I had a lot of explaining to do.  Will they believe me when I claim ‘Ignorant youth’?  Perhaps.  I truly hope so.  There is truth to the adage ‘With age comes wisdom’ and I trust that my girls understood me when I told them about the dangers of using a tanning bed and my poor choice.  Self-tanning lotions are the next alternative to achieving a glow.  They say “Oregonian’s don’t tan, they rust.”  Well, this Oregonian is hoping for the most pleasant shade she can find.

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