This school year is drawing to a close – our first official homeschool year. We have only forty more days and then my son’s kindergarten experience will become a memory. Surreal.
And, it’s spring. I take that back. It’s summer already. After several days with temperatures in the upper 70s and even 80s, I feel like it is summer. Somebody on Facebook was telling summer she was not ready for it yet. She wanted more spring. Living in the South (of the United States) certainly has taught me spring and fall are short. Summer and winter seem long.
So, as we head into the summer months, the one thing to remember is to apply sunscreen. I know you know that. I’m bringing it up because I recently had to see my dermatologist for a spot on my arm that did not look like any of my moles. She decided to remove it right then and there. It was small enough, but different enough.
My children were with me, so they got to watch a small operation. First, I received two shots to get numbed. My daughter made a face when she saw the needle come out. Then, the doctor cored the black spot – as one would an apple, with a round knife. Finally, I received one stitch.
The kids watched silently and learned a lot, I am sure. They asked me if it hurt. Then, every day, as I change my band aid and apply Vaseline to the spot, they ask me how I am feeling.
If I did not homeschool them, they may not have had the chance to witness a small surgery. To think that some people believe homeschooling means keeping the kids in the back room…
All this to say, keep applying sunscreen this sunny season. Apparently, I missed a spot. We get the lab results this week. (April 15, 2014 Update: it was benign. It’s called a blue nevus – a different kind of mole – and she had removed it all anyway.)