The rain always stops…

Yes, the rain always stops.

My mother owned numerous raincoats – different styles (mostly trench coats) and shades of tan/brown – all fabric, not plastic. I remember going through her belongings when she moved to the nursing home and being struck by the number of raincoats that she had. When I was a little child she would also wear one of those rain scarfs that seem so dated now – does anyone, even very old women, wear them any more? I think that her raincoat collection said something about how she approached life – the need to be prepared; the need to be presentable, but not stand out; to have nice new things sometimes, but not throw out something that was still usable…

So my child came home wet. But he will remember the umbrella next time.

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