Umbrellas are something that I’ve never really given much thought to. If it rains, I grab whatever umbrella I can find. Usually, there is a small one located under the passenger seat in my car, so I've never had to do a lot of planning for rain events I purchase umbrellas as last minute thoughts in drug stores or airports. The smaller and cheaper, the better the value to me.
One rainy Tuesday in January, our local fitness center seized a moment of opportunity and advertised the sale of large umbrellas by sending a mass email to its customers. I found it peculiar that fifteen minutes into the sale, a second email came out notifying everyone that the umbrellas were gone. I had to wonder if I was missing something. I had never questioned the ability of the little umbrellas in my possession and had no need to up size. They seemed to meet the one objective that an umbrella has…keep me dry. What more could an umbrella offer, I wondered? Obviously there was a demand for oversized umbrellas and quite possibly, I was not in with the "in" crowd.
Later that day, my kids got in the car, eyed the giant toy in the back seat and said, "Hey, what is this?" Before I could say, "Don't open that!" it flew open stabbing every passenger in the car. I’ve concluded that this thing is more like a weapon and could maim entire families at once. While I'm certain it will displace a large amount of rainwater, it can also displace eyeballs, front teeth, and steaming cups of coffee from their cup holders. I've packed away the giant beast and will return to the safety and security of my tiny yellow umbrella hidden underneath my seat, thus proving the theory that good things do still come in small packages.