Although I’ve made peace with never being able to wear deep red with the aplomb of a dark-haired Greek olive-skinned beauty, I can never quite come to terms with the limitations of the fairness of my skin. My three closest people have oft-repeated how much they like my light skin & red hair, but 20 minutes out in the sun with my students turned that white skin to a medium shade of pink. 20 minutes!
I wouldn’t change anything about myself, but I am relieved that I married a man who tans gorgeously whenever he’s outside & never burns. Perhaps our children will be able to split the difference & venture into the sun without fear.