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They used that umbrella in rain and shine, that navy blue fabric adorned with flowers protected them just the same. It was small, humble I guess, perhaps that's why it suited them so well. There was a time I bought something larger, more expensive looking black fabric and an ornate curved handle. They had laughed in a way that felt cozy, welcoming, even as they shook their heads. Then uncle said, "Under something so large, what would be my excuse to cuddle up to Jenny?" I grinned, letting my eyes find the knots on the wooden floor, each plank made beautiful years of sunlight.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), April 17, 2018.
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Upon the umbrella was the rhythm of the rain, each drop a clear beat upon the cerise fabric. There was something about being under it that made me feel as if I were flying instead of walking, as if it were rain upon wings, as if I was rising high regardless of the weather, destined to rise above and watch the clouds below. As my fingers tightened around the curved wooden handle, a tiny smile grew wider, one so reminiscent of girlhood. I was here on the street, boots in the rain, with my head above white puffed clouds, warmed by the sun, all at once.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), April 17, 2018.
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Drops cascade from the umbrella rim as pretty as any waterfall. I let myself watch them, water playing with the cloud-filtered light. It gives the city streets a romantic feeling, as if this were an old movie. I imagine a sea of black umbrellas, the water bouncing from each. Yet the part of me that remained in the present calls for my attention, for upon the nascent rain-given river comes the bus, golden lights shining. Then, for a moment I am unguarded, when I transform my blue umbrella wing into a woven walking stick; I feel the rain. Perhaps had it not been for my daydream I might have shied away, thought it cold; instead it feels fresh, softly reassuring.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), April 17, 2018.
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From autumn to spring, Jade was always found in the company of her rainbow umbrella - eight perfect panels, including the white one. It suited her. She, more than anyone I know, had an internal rainbow too. It was as if she'd found a way to keep a drop of her child-self alive, and it shone through whenever she smiled or laughed, which was often.

By Angela Abraham (daisy), April 17, 2018.