An effective personal shield, umbrellas are a simple solution to an everyday problem.  Short of a magical shield charm or impervious spell, umbrellas get the job done at minimal cost and effort.

They’re also a fashion statement.  In the downtown working commute there’s a sea of black.  In delightful contrast is the occasional standout.  Today I saw polka dots, bright pink, lime green, and a clear umbrella covered with comics.  Was it an active fashion choice or a hasty pick from the umbrella stand?  Either way it brightens my day and makes me proud to raise my Disneyworld umbrella.