Writer's Workshop: Buttered up and Burnt

It's Writer's Workshop time. Today's prompt: It was a bad burn. Tell about the worst sunburn you ever received. How did that happen!?!

It happened on a bus, no, not IN a bus, ON a bus. I was 13. My best friend's mom was a school bus driver that took her bus home with her. So, if we weren't teasing the bull in the cow pasture, or playing cow chip tag, (you know, I threw a cow chip at you, you got hit, now you're it. Don't worry, they weren't fresh.) any way, so if we weren't playing in the cow field, we were playing in the bus. ♪Out here in the fields, I fought for my meals...teenage wasteland♪ (The Who)

On this particular day, my best friend and I decided we wanted to get a nice tan before school started. We reasoned that if we got on top of the bus, we would be closer to the sun and therefore would get a better tan. So, up we went. Once up there, we realized that the roof was too hot to lay on without towels, and we needed tanning lotion, so back down we went.

We grabbed our towels and looked everywhere for suntan lotion. At some point in our search, we came up with the most brilliant idea: Why not use butter?!

So, back to the roof we went with towels and butter in hand. We lathered up like thanksgiving turkeys ready to roast. We were gonna look so damn good! Why didn't we think of this sooner?!

Needless to say, after falling asleep with buttered skin on the roof of a bus, we...were... BURNT! So much for heading back to school all dark and sexy! We were heading back to school all FRIED and CRISPY!

♪Chicken Fried, cold beer on a Friday night, pair of jeans that fit just right, and the radio up♪ (Zac Brown Band)

Mama's Losin' It


  1. Gross! As soon as I read the word butter I knew where this story was going! By the way- Momma Kat said to comment on the 3 blogs above yours and you are right above me! How random is that!?

  2. You were two above me on Mama Kat's list! What a fun memory to have and laugh at (well, now that it's over at least. I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time!)

  3. You gotta love the minds of children. Butter for sun tanning? Hysterical.

    Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

  4. MMMMMMMM......BUTTER!!!

  5. Ohhh my goodness! That is ridiculous! I couldn't imagine thinking to use butter (then again, I don't need to put anything to enhance the burn, just prevent them.

  6. I am in pain at just the thought of using butter. My sister used to oil herself up with baby oil. Baby oil!!!

    Hey, about the "Traveling Heart-Shaped Rock Project", would you like to be on the list of recipients? Let me know :->


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