Beach dwellers are, or should be, aware of sun and skin damage.  My bride, having worked for a dermatologist, and being a natural mother monkey, watches my elder status closely.  Ear and nose bristles are common kudzu-like growers and thus, targets. “Stand up straight!”  “Put your shirt on”.   “Your toenails need attention”.

The look on her face this summer, however, was different.    Voice alarmed as she spoke to shirtless me this summer.  “Come here a minute.  How long has that black mole been on your chest?”

Oh, that’s just a flake of a Klondike chocolate bar I ate yesterday.  It’ll come off in the ocean.  C’mon.

Am I wrong or isn’t getting harder to eat a Klondike bar without getting a flake or two on you?

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