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05 June 2012 @ 01:07 pm
I adore fun umbrellas, because they're fun, and also because they brighten up the dreariness that is often implied by the need for an umbrella. I have a pink flower one, and an underwater one, and a sunflower one (which is missing but sure to turn up) ... and my newest addition is an LED umbrella. This one is different from the rest in that I can't really see the lights from the inside most of the time, but people's dramatic reactions make up for that: I invariably get at least one and usually several delighted comments from people when I'm carrying it.

Over the weekend, I was dressed up and walking to a birthday party around dusk, and obviously the LED umbrella was the right one to carry to a party. (Yes, I was also wearing glitter, because: birthday party!) On the bike path, there were a couple of little kids playing in a puddle, with their dad nearby.

As I neared them, one of the kids fell, and started crying and being very upset, until she caught sight of me, when she stopped dead and just stared with her jaw hanging open and a slightly awed expression on her face.

"Wow, look at HER," the dad said, and both kids emitted entranced sighs. "She's all sparkly!" continued the dad.

"Thanks, it was a gift!" I told them as I passed.

Both kids swiveled their heads as the dad said "That's amazing! She's so cool!" as I passed and waved.

I quite like the idea that I'm influencing impressionable young people into the cult of sparkle. Also, I think I saved their puddle jumping playtime for at least a little while longer!
I'm feeling: chipperchipper
Martha42itous on June 5th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Being able to distract upset children from their crying is a gift. It may have been your umbrella that caught that kid's eye, but you yourself are sparkly enough to have the same effect. :)
metagnatmetagnat on June 5th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
:D I love that tale.
harimad on June 5th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
LED umbrella sounds awesome. Do you have a picture to share?

That sounds like a parent very experienced at the art of Juvenile Distraction. (I've seen the same thing done by stating the obvious in a cheery, awed tone of voice. "Wow! You're all wet and muddy! Isn't that COOL!")
The Hebrew Hammercockhammercock on June 5th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
We do not doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion. :)
Spiderbabearachne8x on June 5th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
Link to umbrella?
Spikespike on June 5th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
I believe the umbrella in question is http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/gear/d16b/
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on June 5th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Aw yay!
Chipceo on June 6th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)

That's awesome. But an underwater umbrella sounds... less than useful.

traballenguastraballenguas on June 7th, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
ceelove on June 8th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC)
There's a sunflower umbrella in our front foyer, check to see if it's yours.
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ruthless compassion: cheersaroraborealis on February 21st, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Hi! Welcome!

The LED umbrella is http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/d16b/