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  • Grandma was a sun lover. She spent years living in hot places: Havana, Mexico City, Miami.
    She loved basking in the sun. There is a grainy photo of Grandma, wearing a bikini, sitting in the sunshine on the beach...she was in her late 70s; her skin was browned, wrinkled. She died happy.

    Jeanine is a sun lover. She moved to South Texas by the Gulf of Mexico, to live where she could be warm. She loves to play tennis on hot days; she enjoys nothing more than sitting in the sunshine with a cup of hot coffee. She is in her 70's and looks good in a bikini except Her skin is wrinkled and spotted with freckles gone wild. She is happy, happy.

    Aunt Julia was a Sister, a nun. She wore a long, black dress from shoulders to toes, along with a heavy black wimple on her head that shaded her face. She never wore a bikini that I know of...surely cannot imagine it. Her skin was white and soft, unwrinkled. She died. Sad.

    Mama was wary of the sun, her skin was tender, she didn't tan, she never wore a bikini. But she did love summery days with the chance to garden in the sun. Mama's skin was soft, a little wrinkled, and she had tiny freckles. She died too early.

    I love sitting in the sunshine - for a while, until it gets too hot on my head. I love sitting in the sunshine, under an umbrella with a cold drink at hand, my garden in view with flowers, bees, and my cat friends.

    Sitting in the sunshine is a gift from Mother Nature.
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