Umbrellas for the Sun

I spent a good part of my Sunday waiting in a long line. Our neighborhood park offers free concerts—which sound deceptively line-less—but the organizers count the crowd by slowly applying a wristband to each entering wrist.

It was hot and sunny. People-watching was getting tedious and my iced coffee was running out when I saw what seemed like a mirage. She was pale (like me) but not sweaty or bent over awkwardly reapplying sunscreen (like me). Teetering above her cool head was a lovely red parasol. She was all but singing Jolly Holiday. That night, still envious, I bookmarked a few options.

From left to right, the Harmony parasol, the Lace parasol, and the Stroller parasol.

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But before I jump on the parasol bandwagon, I wonder: Is the sun umbrella graceful, practical protection, or just one more accessory to keep track of?

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  1. by Tyra

    On July 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

    It can actually be more of a pain. I occasionally use the umbrella when I don’t want to get goopy from sunscreen, but it’s just something else to juggle.
    If you’re trying to shop at an outdoor flea market, for instance, it’s difficult to do one-handed. But, for standing in a line, maybe so.
    My husband tells me I need the umbrella hat, but sunscreen is the lesser of two evils in that situation.

  2. by Tyra

    On July 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

    It can actually be more of a pain. I occasionally use the umbrella when I don’t want to get goopy from sunscreen, but it’s just something else to juggle.
    If you’re trying to shop at an outdoor flea market, for instance, it’s difficult to do one-handed. But, for standing in a line, maybe so.
    My husband tells me I need the umbrella hat, but sunscreen is the lesser of two evils in that situation.

  3. by Kiara

    On July 15, 2008 at 11:53 am

    With a baby less than 6 month I use an umbrella each time I use the baby carrier. Baby loves holding it too.
    But I would never buy a special umbrella for the sun.

  4. by Carrie

    On July 17, 2008 at 2:54 am

    It’s a lovely idea, but for anyone with little ones to look after it seems like more of hindrance than help.