broken_umbrellaDear Jean,

You know, when you picked me out of a rack in Paris, I was surprised. I mean, you were dressed in black, black, and black; I am pink, beige, orange, and very, very bright. But I’ve enjoyed spearheading your wardrobe diversification. I’ve traveled four continents and innumerable countries with you. And I can say in all honesty that I’ve gotten beaten up, but you never let me mould. In return, I have never, ever flipped out on you.

But now, it’s time to let me go. I’m tired. I’m old. The junk drawer is exactly where I belong, along with your broken pencil case from Grade 2 and that handbag which, quite frankly, I’m insulted you bought because it so did not go with me.

It’s been a good ride.


Your soon-to-be ex-umbrella

So, I need a new umbrella. Honestly, I’m amazed this one has lasted as long as it has, because I bought it for looks and not for construction. But this time ’round, I’m choosing for major durability as well as looks. It would be awesome – actually, beyond awesome – if my umbrella could be like Alexia Tarabotti’s, from the Parasol Protectorate. But I live in the real world, so my only requirement is that it has to compact.

Any suggestions? Brands? Do you buy for durability, or do you replace your umbrella often?

– Jean AAR

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I live in Seattle, Washington and work as a legal assistant. I remember learning to read (comic strips) at a young age and nowadays try to read about 5-6 books a week. I love to travel, especially to Europe, and enjoy exploring smaller towns off the tourist track though London is my favorite city in the world.