"Girls let's go swimming." They looked at me like I had lost my mind, and then their shocked looks changed to wide eyes and jaws dropped!
We were outside and in our pool in minutes. Yes this was fun because it took me back to being a kid, but it was also fun because I just put on my suit and jumped in! No long sleeved swim shirt, no baseball cap and gasp... No sunscreen. It was liberating. I know you can still get UV exposure...sometimes more on a cloudy day...but it was raining hard, the skies were dark so I took a chance, and I'm so glad I did.
Without a baseball cap I swam under the water. We played mermaids and Olympics. We jumped in and did piggyback rides. I wasn't hiding my hands under the water or sticking to one side of the pool to stay out of the sun. I wasn't checking my hands every few minutes to see if I was flaring. I just played. Carefree. I had fun. So much fun. And there's nothing my kids (and I think all kids) love more than TRULY playing with their parents. I wasn't just in the pool or outside with them, I was playing with them. And it was awesome.