As the new study abroad students were asking questions about what to expect regarding classes, professors, course requirements, etc. one of them asked me if I had any advice. I recommended they wear sunscreen, at all times. One of the little blonde girls sort of laughed it off and said she was looking forward to working on her tan. I looked her square in the eyes and said, “wear sunscreen. You will still get a tan, even with the sunscreen. I promise.” She turned away and rolled her eyes.
The week I graduated from high school the Number 1 song on the radio wasn’t really a song. It was a graduation speech set to music entitled, Everyone’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen). Since that was 17 years ago I reckon most of my younger blog readers have never heard it. The song recites all the best advice a young person should hear, though seldom listens to or appreciates until they are older, until they hit about their mid-30s or so. I fondly recalled the song when I saw the blonde girl’s reaction to my “wear sunscreen” comment. I silently shook my head and thought, “wait until you’re my age.”
Since we can never hear good advice too often I hope you enjoy Everyone’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen):