July 22, 2014
No worries about the mum-in-law, though. She loves the heat, and worries about her home help people, pressing them to drink several glasses of water, juice and whatnot while they are with her. That´s her thing, really, nothing cheers her up more than being of help to others. She is overall in much better shape and now gets a weekly checkup at the hospital, as a "day-patient". No more acute rushes to the ER, or so we hope.
I look grumpy on all snaps from that vacation - heat and sun never was my thing, and the ideal at the time was to soak oneself with oil and bask in the sun until almost black. Was there even such a thing as sunblock? My mother and my siblings all take sun well and tan beautifully, but my father burns easily and tans slower and I take after him. I was actually reproached for being pale, like it was a character flaw. It was often suggested that I should just pull myself together and "train" my body to tan. Luckily, the culture has changed since, and people know a lot more about how dangerous the sun can be. Thank god for science!