Day 8 – Freedom – to shed some skin

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It’s one simple word of welcome I share with those newbies to Florida. SUNSCREEN.

My days of forgetting sunscreen are mostly behind me. Living beach side for the past 20 years has definitely taught me the importance of skin protection. Apply SPF40 generously on the hour between 10 and 3. Wear a hat. Let the dermatologist have a look once a year. Keep an eye on weird spots. Expect to see wrinkles when you hit 47.

It’s just a thing when you enjoy the beach as much as I do.

The worst is when I forget my own wise words and get fried. Showers are painful. Clothes are no fun. Shoulder straps are torturous. Thank you, maxi dress with the built-in-shelf-bra.

Then the worst part hits. Dead skin peels off. It itches. It looks gross. And what does one do with it? Give it to their mom? Sure, how thoughtful. Just what she wanted. 

Shedding old skin. Reptiles do it. It’s what happens when they grow. It’s a sign of health.

When people grow, we go through our own weirdness. Bones ache. Elbows and knees everywhere. Voices change, acne appears, and don’t we all just get a tad moody? 
I am so grateful my household survived those years. It was touch-and-go for a while, but we’ve come through it. Thank you Lord for your mercies. And wine. That helped too.

It’s awkward when I grow.

There are some habits I am shedding. Particular ways of thinking that no longer fit. New brighter colors that are peeking through as I become who my Creator has intended.

It can be confusing. Things may get weird, maybe even painful. But oh, so worth it.

How are you growing today?

Thanks for reading, until tomorrow!

Sherri
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