Real Oregonians don’t use umbrellas.

8 Dec

It is a truth universally acknowledged: real Oregonians don’t use umbrellas.

I have one, but I keep it in my closet.


I’m not really a closeted umbrella user. I keep it there because I have fond memories of my umbrella. It is a Christian Dior. Seriously.

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I keep it because my parents gave it to me one Christmas way back in the 80’s and I’ve managed to keep to through countless moves. I remember when we got them (my sister got one, too, only hers was red paisley) my twin sister and I felt like this was a grown up sort of gift to get.

I brought it with me when I moved to Oregon, but I’ve almost never used it here because real Oregonians don’t use umbrellas.  We mostly get by with a good hooded rain jacket. In fact, I don’t actually own a winter coat, I just wear a fleece or hoodie under my raincoat. Our winter rains are usually the misty kind and so this arrangement usually works perfectly fine.

But this week is different.

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Heavy rain and floods are forecast and I wouldn’t have even thought about my umbrella, except that I have bus dismissal duty after school this week. The area I have to monitor isn’t covered and, I didn’t think my simple water-resistant shell + hoodie would cut it. So, I pulled my umbrella out of the closet and brought it to school yesterday.

I was grateful for it when I walked into school yesterday in a torrential downpour

I was grateful for it at 3:45 yesterday as I waved cars forward to pick kids up in the pouring rain.

I will be grateful for it most of the week, I think.

Some days, real Oregonians, need umbrellas.




6 Responses to “Real Oregonians don’t use umbrellas.”

  1. Linsey Taylor December 8, 2015 at 5:50 am #

    Real Texans wear cowboy boots. I’m a born and raised Texas girl. I do not own cowboy boots. Use that umbrella proudly Oregon Girl!

  2. lisaorchard December 8, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    I’m stopping over from “The Slice of Life” gang. I enjoyed your post. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one that gets emotionally attached to things. 🙂 It drives my husband crazy! I enjoyed your post!

  3. Dana Murphy December 8, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Ha! I won’t tell your neighbors!

  4. Linda Baie December 8, 2015 at 1:57 pm #

    I have been told that one can tell a tourist from those who live there in Oregon than it is only the tourists that carry umbrellas. And now you’ve said it too. I heard about the rain, wish we could share & then you wouldn’t have had to use the umbrella! Seriously, hope all stops soon!

  5. Tara Smith December 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    I love the way you crafted this! I’ve heard that folks up in Seattle say the same thing, too – but I’m always one for packing an umbrella.

  6. arjeha December 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    There are times when we just have to break form the crowd and do our own thing. Enjoy your umbrella.

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