Two Umbrella Stories
May 30, 2017 5:01am CST
The last time I had a massage, I borrowed an umbrella from the therapists and promised to return it the next day. However, 10 days passed before I was able to return it, so I bought some ‘puto’ (steamed rice cakes) for them to snack on to make up for any inconvenience. (I've been there several times, so the snack offering is also a token of appreciation.) When we had a garage sale a few weeks back, one customer left behind her automatic folding umbrella, but never came back for it. We don't know who she is or where she lives, or if she was just passing by. If she lives here and regularly passes by our house and knows for sure that she left it here, then she could have just rang the doorbell anytime to ask for her umbrella back. Have you ever had to take a chance to ask for help or borrow anything from a stranger out of extreme need, and was grateful for their trust and assistance? What things have people left behind in your house, or workplace, or business that they never returned to pick up? What did you do with them?
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I never developed the habit of bringing an umbrella, it's "estorbo" or bothersome for me and it's still something to worry about and I feel it limits my freedom of movement. I would just rather make a mad dash in the rain wearing a jacket or rain coat and or find shelter and wait for rain to stop.
even though i live in a sunny country, i never owned a pair of sunglasses. i think with eyeglasses and sunglasses, it's either you accidentally break them, or you lose them, which is both annoying and inconvenient, of course.
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I never borrow anything from a stranger (my parents were the types to rarely ask for help or to borrow . . . I think that's ingrained in me). When my son was about 4, Grandma gave him an umbrella with Spiderman on it. My son isn't into superheroes, but he just used the umbrella just to use it - and it became well used. One of his friends loved Spiderman and one rainy day we all walked outside of the place we were - and the friend and mother had no umbrella. "Here," my son said. "You can have my umbrella!". I was so proud of him for being so giving . . . but in the end the mother gave us back the umbrella when they got to the car.
I left my umbrella in a fish stall in the market; good thing the vendor kept it knowing it's mine and I will come back when I buy fish from her again. I was so glad she kept it for me because it was a gift from my niece last Christmas.
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'twas most kind 'f ya to return such 'long with some treats :) that lady who left hers 't yer place's prolly nary a clue 'tis there. i've 'd many odd thingies left here - pups, horses/tack, wrecked trucks, 'n a loooong list 'f other schtuff. the critters were fer the most part rehomed. the trucks eventually hauled to the salvage yard 'n the funds donated to the children's home. the rest 's sadly still here. 's there a time limit fer some items?? some've been takin' 'p space fer o'er 15 years!