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June 01, 2008

The Craziest Thing I Did Was Decrease My SPF

J0409237 My husband and I headed down to the beautiful Florida Panhandle for Memorial Day week with our two daughters.

We stayed at my stepmother's vacation home, a pink stucco condo sitting on a little inlet just down the street from the Gulf of Mexico. The area is devoid of any hotel chains, fast food joints, or dance clubs with shooter specials and that's the way we like it. One constant to be found in the Redneck Riviera, although much less likely in the area we frequent since there is no "strip," are the college students who make the beach pilgrimage in jam-packed cars.

  Our first morning at the beach was gorgeous, and as I hung our towels out to dry, I noticed a group of girls across the street, just heading out for the day with their bikinis and shades on, no doubt having slept in after a night out. Oh, to be young and have ab definition again. I felt a vague nagging sensation of jealousy, as our 3-year-old had seen fit to wake me up before 7.

We headed out with the girls the next day for a late lunch, and as we backed out of the driveway, my husband asked, "Did you see what our neighbors drew on their car?"

"No. What?"

"Penises," he said in a lowered voice, although our daughters were shrieking a Hannah Montana song from the back seat.

"WHAT? No waaaaaay."

I craned my neck as we drove past the house, and sure enough, the SUV parked in the drive had penises drawn on the windows along with the girls' first names.

Call me a 38-year-old prude, but when I headed down with two friends to this very same area in spring 1987 after high school graduation the last thing we would have done was ride down in a vehicle sporting penis caricatures. Maybe we were after boys, but we were more subtle about it. Way more subtle.

Later that night, or more like 1 in the morning, I woke to hear some girls carousing down the street.

I had no doubt the revelry was coming from the beach house of the penis-decorated SUV.

When she's not shielding her daughters from crazy college car graffiti at the beach, Jamie can be found writing at BlondeMomBlog.

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