Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A - Z Challenge: U

U is for Umbrella.

We use umbrellas here on the Wet West Coast - a lot.  I remember that I received my first umbrella - a beautiful rainbow-striped child's size - from Santa Claus.  I remember it so vividly because it was the first time I wasn't surprised by my gift on Christmas morning.  And you know why that is, don't you?  Of course!  I'd found the stash in my mother's closet.  You can be sure it was an accidental find.  And you can also understand why I never went looking again.   I have always enjoyed having, and looking at, umbrellas. 

This painting is in our living room.  I can see it from the couch when I'm reading or knitting or just chatting with someone.  I don't think I would ever want to part with it.  First, there's the umbrella.  That's what drew me to it in the first place.  But then, there's the intimacy that sharing an umbrella gives to a walk in the rain.  I'm at home in the multi-toned grays and the reflection on the pavement.  I just never tire of it.

I love the shape of umbrellas.  I love that they twirl and you can dance with them.  They add exuberance to a rainy day.  This is a cartoon for a hooked rug that I will make someday.  I drew this at least 7 years ago and it still is something I want to do.  You can see how much the young person is enjoying that umbrella. You never know... the rain might have stopped and we're all so hunkered under our umbrellas we'd never notice.  Umbrellas lend them selves to flinging off and quickly covering up again if you must.

I like exploring how an umbrella is made.  I'm not a particularly mechanical sort of person so I'm impressed with even the simple mechanics of an umbrella.  I like pop-up umbrellas as well as the old-fashioned push-up variety.  I have small fold-up umbrellas to carry in a bag, just in case.  And it shouldn't surprise you that I want my umbrellas to be bright against the gray of the sky.  I got these as a birthday gift a couple of years ago.  They are still making me happy on rainy days. 


EmptyNester said...

Umbrellas are a lot of fun! I like...WAIT! YOU can DRAW!!!! I LOVE that cartoon! Wow, I believe that there is nothing you can't do!

Joyful said...

I love your skietch. It's filled with joy.

Paws on the Run said...

I don't think I've used an umbrella once since leaving the coast. I'm sure we have some, I just have no idea where. It is such a weird change from always having one handy.

Ginny said...

I love umbrellas too, and would it surprise you to know I have a whole picture folder in the computer of umbrellas ready for a post? I have lots of them, because people keep giving them to me. I love yours because they are bright and fun!!! A rainy day is so drab, I hate seeing black or grey umbrellas. I want a very bright and fun spot in the rain!!

Mimi said...

Love your cartoon drawing!
I agree with empty Nester, there is nothing you can't do.
I like bright umbrellas too, though I don't use an umbrella much, I find the whole up/down thing too much bother, and then it's usually windy here too, so I prefer a hood or hat.
I might need an umbrella here tomorrow though, we're promised rain, floods, storms... I'd stay indoors and light the fire if I didn't have to go to work!

Susan Kane said...

Umbrellas make me smile, too. My first umbrella had orange and yellow flowers. I was five years old, and I loved it.

LyndaGrace said...

I agree the painting of the couple under the umbrella is quite special. I love your cartoon, very cute.

Sue H said...

I could do with an umberella today - it's lashing with rain, here in my part of the UK! But it's windy too, so my little telescopic umbie is of no practical use whatsoever - far too flimsy. I really need one of these !

Rudee said...

I would really like to be able to use an umbrella when it's been raining here, lately, but the winds that have accompanied all this rain only guarantee and umbrella would turn itself inside out!

I love both of your bright and beautiful umbrellas.


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