It was the beginning of Spring, love was in the air, and my Dad and Step-Mom were going to combine our families the act of marriage. The location of the wedding was the lovely “Los Cabos” in Mexico. We packed are bags and left the United States.
When we arrived at our hotel, “The Dreams Resort”, our jaws dropped at the sight of the pulchritudinous view of the ocean. We were all trembling with excitement. The was a plethora of activities to take part in. Swimming, parasailing, swimming with dolphins, and sight-seeing are but few of the activities we were able to experience. So far we were having a marvelous time. However, with fun on the brain, responsibility was left behind.
It was sunset, the time of my fathers wedding, the sun, dissolving into the ocean, painting a picture of serenity as the ceremony began. My Father and Step-mother each read each others vows. My dad being the romantic genius that he is, wrote three pages worth of words, intertwined with passion, and true love. After the ten minutes it took to read the vows, it was time. The unique properties of the sunlight merging with the crystal blue ocean radiated throughout the sky. “I do.” announces my Father. With a single tear falling from her brown eye. a soft “I do” leaves her lips. They embraced one an other, staring deeply into each other’s eyes, and sealed the marriage with a kiss. Two families, combined into one.
It couldn’t have been a more perfect evening, the luxurious dinner (even though they spelled our last name wrong), the breathtaking view of the ocean as the last sliver of sunlight disappeared over the horizon, and the stunning night celebrating with the new family. Everything was harmonious with each other, or at least then it was.
The clock struck twelve, I woke up as if from a nightmare, sweat pouring down my face, the center of my chest was burning, I wanted to scream… I ran into the bathroom, flipped the light switch and gasped in horror. The center of my chest was turning black. With everything going on I forgot to wear sunscreen, and I was paying for it. My skin was cracking, streams of blood trickled down my chest. The pain was unbearable.
I lied awake that night… I had acquired a nasty third degree burn from the unforgiving sun. From that moment on I learned that you can never do anything halfway, if its using sunscreen before heading outside or studying before a test, I can tell you that it will help you in the long run.
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