I didn’t grow up in a family that does a lot of outdoor activities together. We’re the indoor type of guys when we’re all together. But growing up, I liked playing outside with friends (habulan, touch taya, taguan, ice water, etc. - I don’t know why I even enumerated thise because kids these days probably won’t understand half of it. Haha! Those were the days when iPad, Play Station and other online games are not yet very much accessible to kids.) I remember having a love-hate relationship with outdoor activities because they’re fun but I’m the type who gets really bad mosquito bites. They grow really red, big, swollen and itchy. And, mind you… those little pests like me. I can get up to 5 bites minimum when I’m out and I scratch them like crazy because they itch so bad. I used to be so insecure of my legs because I used to have a lot of wounds caused by the scratching of those bites.
It came to a point wherein my mom even brought me to a doctor that tests allergies wherein you’ll have a line of liquid drops on both your arms and they’ll trigger each area with a little tool to see where you’re most allergic at. And yes, mosquito bite was the worst for me. I think they gave me medicines or injections after that but my mom also made sure I always put OFF! every time I’m out to avoid getting any more ugly wounds on my legs. She was probably already partly tired of treating my insect bites/wounds and partly she felt sorry for me because she could see how much I was struggling with all the scratching. Being a kid, I never really liked the idea of putting lotion and let alone an insect repellant with a very strong smell, but I’ve learned to appreciate it over time. Maintaining the regular application of OFF! helped in minimizing the insect bites. My mom and I nursed my wounds and the marks it left for a good 2-3 years before my legs looked like brand new again. This may sound shallow, but imagine all the years I’ve lost that I could have worn a skirt/shorts when I’m out just because I had so many wounds. Haha! :)
That experience was traumatic and it could hinder you from doing a lot of outdoor activities. In my case, until now I still panic when there are a lot of mosquitoes in a place where we’re going to and I forget to apply OFF! on my legs. Yes, I love and appreciate it that much now. I’d rather smell like OFF! insect repellant for a day than regret a few weeks of scratching and a few months of wound marks on my legs. :)
So now, I always try to make sure there is always a supply of OFF! at home just in case I’d be needing it. I use it even for garden parties because that’s when mosquito bites would usually destroy a supposedly fun, worry-free & itch-free day/night. :)
OFF! made my mom and I worry less about mosquito bites, which also made me enjoy my life more because I am less scared of the outdoor and I can already wear my skirts and shorts. :D
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