A wise man (or maybe just some first date that didn’t go anywhere) once said, “You never need to buy an umbrella in New York.” He was right. There are several ways you will acquire an umbrella when you least expect it:
- “An umbrella” is high on the list of Gifts to Get Someone You Don’t Know Very Well. Chances are you will receive one as a gift.
- Have a gathering at your house. Someone will bring an umbrella and forget it. This just happened at my Yellow Submarine party. Anyone missing a cute fuchsia umbrella?
- Wait for a promotion. I did one for the Weather Channel at office buildings in the Financial District. If you were there, I gave you a gigantic, high-quality, golf sized, black umbrella with a tiny Weather Channel logo sewn in a corner.
- Go anywhere in the city on a day with a chance of rain and on the floor of the subway or under the table of a cafe you will invariably find a lost, forgotten umbrella.
It was one of those days where the threatening sky looks like it will open up at any moment. I had a small compact umbrella in my bag. I was prepared. I was walking down the street in Chelsea and I saw an umbrella propped against a building that mesmerized my inner child. It was the umbrella I longed for as a six-year old, the umbrella my practical mother would never buy me because I would have been devastated when I inevitably lost it. Chances are, it was broken. This was too rational for the little girl part of me, now jumping up and down with glee. Just as the first raindrops began to fall, I went over and opened it. Perfect condition. I should leave it for an actual six-year-old, I thought, make her present dreams come true, rather than indulging my past. But….her mom probably wouldn’t let her pick something up off the street….I rationalized. Who was I kidding, that umbrella was mine.
It’s an instant ray of sunshine every time it rains. I stand under it and my world transforms from gloomy and wet to star-studded (it is covered in blue, pink, and yellow stars) and gleeful. Ii’s such a simple mood transformation, I might even buy I replacement when I lose it. I would highly recommend one to you. With an umbrella that brightens a rainy day, you might just find yourself singin’ in the rain.
April showers bring May flowers.
Nothing like finding flowers that perfectly match my second favorite rainy day accessory: bright pink tights!
What are your favorite rainy day accoutrements?