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The Colour of My Skin
Written by Gor   
Tuesday, 24 June 2003 00:00

The other day, when I came back home from work, my girlfriend came running out and told me that she needed to go to the supermarket. I was tired and really wanted to take a shower, but when I found out that she had run out of whitening cream, I knew we had to go straight away or she would get annoyed with me. Whitening cream is the only thing that she cannot live without. She said to me that she’d rather die than have dark skin! I understand how she feels because I was like her in the past.

A few years ago, I went on a trip with my friends to Phuket. I was very excited that I was going to play in the blue sea. But, after we had arrived at the beach, I had second thoughts because of the hot sun. Instead, I went to sit under a beach umbrella while my friends all ran down to the sea. I wanted to play with them so badly but I was too scared to leave the shade. I hated to have dark skin. So, I just sat there with my sun cream lotion.

While I was looking around, I noticed that there weren’t many foreigners sitting at the top of the beach; most of the tourists here were Thai. I wondered why there weren’t that many foreigners so I got up and looked around. I was shocked when I saw that there were lots of foreigners lying down in the hot sun on the lower beach! Some girls didn’t even have their tops on! How could they do that? Aren’t they scared that their skin would get darker? How can they lie there reading their books? It looked like they were enjoying themselves.

About an hour later my friends came back. They looked like starving dogs that hadn’t eaten for many days! While they were eating, I told them to take a look at those foreigners down on the lower beach. I asked my friends what they thought. One of them said, “It is a funny thing about some people, they are never pleased with what they have! Thai people like you want to have white skin so they spend lots of money buying whitening cream. With the Europeans, it is the opposite. They don’t like white skin so they spend a lot of money to make their skin darker. I find it ridiculous what those people do. I think that they should be enjoying their life and be pleased with what they have rather than trying to change into something different.”

A few minutes later my friends had finished eating and they ran back down to the sea. I watched them playing in the water and I thought about what my friend had said. A short while later, I had figured it out and I agreed with him. I shouldn’t worry so much about my skin colour. I was so excited when we first arrived here, but all of that excitement had gone after I saw the strong sun. I shouldn’t be scared about my skin getting darker. I should be proud with what I have and enjoy my life instead. So, I then got up and ran down to the sea to play with my friends.

I really had fun during the rest of that summer holiday. It’s all because I finally had more confidence in myself and how I looked. I told my girlfriend about this after we got back from the supermarket. She was listening to me while she was putting on the whitening cream. It looked like she understood and agreed with what I told her. But it didn’t seem to stop her. I know it is a hard thing for girls to give up caring about their beauty. And with Thai girls, the fashion at the moment is to have white skin. I wonder if this will ever change to a different colour in the future.