I sat in church yesterday behind a 30-something couple. Both were very attractive and athletic-looking with light suntans. On Dad's lap sat a beautiful, chubby-cheeked, tow-headed 2 year old with a tan that would rival George Hamilton's. On Mom's lap sat a 4-5 month old baby girl with just a few wisps of white-blonde hair, and a tan even darker than her big sister's. What really caught my attention was that her scalp was deeply tanned under her thin, fine hair, and both her scalp and face were extremely dry and leathery looking.
What in the world can these people be thinking? (And doing?) The parents appeared to be taking steps to protect their own skin from the sun, yet these 2 tots looked like burnt toast. Do people not realize that children need sunscreen and hats just like adults? Even if they were leery of applying sunscreen to their young children's skin, shouldn't it ocur to them to dress the kids in protective clothing, or just keep them out of the sun altogether?
It made me want to cry.