Singing in the Rain
I’ve temporarily put aside my sandals and reached for my socks again. No, I would never wear them together! The last few days and the forecast for the next few indicates a necessity for rain boots and umbrellas. Watching some entertaining ducking and weaving on sidewalks yesterday I decided to repost my blog on brolly etiquette.
Spring is officially over but not necessarily the rainy season.
One rainy day last week I Tweeted about umbrella etiquette – something like, ”Be brolly considerate”. A follower jokingly replied I should just wear a rain hat and coat, eliminating any danger of brolly poking.
But I love my brolly. It cheers me up on a dull, rainy day. I like to think that anyone walking behind me is cheered up also.
My first umbrella was a gift from a family friend when I was about seven. It was red and had my name written across it. I can’t imagine any parent today having their child’s name broadcast in such a manner, but, way back then things were different.
I progressed to a very sedate, basic black brolly. Very business-like. Unfortunately, it only added to the dreariness of the day. Today, I still favour my strata of the wetlands brolly.
Frogs and lily pads on a rainy day make me smile.
Whatever colour or style of umbrella, the behavior is still the same:
- Two umbrellas side-by-side require a lot of awareness and consideration of others. Proceed single file when someone is approaching from the other direction.
- Two umbrellas approaching one another – the tallest raises theirs so the other slips under and past without clashing. Both tilt away from each other, doing the brolly dance.
- Enormous golf umbrellas are intended for the golf course, not city streets.
- Shake the rain off your brolly before entering a building, but be aware of others. Don’t become a “wet-dog” culprit.
- An umbrella is not a weapon. Exercise caution on buses and when opening it on the street.
- As for rain accompanied by high winds, unless you’re Mary Poppins (or wishing to imitate her), ditch the brolly and go with the rain hat – and a hair brush.
Add your rainy day, brolly comments.