30 Days of Self Discovery

This is my 30 day challenge: Take time out to do what I love, make positive changes, be challenged, grow and rediscover myself.

The Umbrella Mattress.


The weather here has become quite unpredictable. Actually, it probably is predictable. It will rain. Anytime. Anywhere. Expect it. Even if it’s ten minutes of sudden downpour, followed by five hours of uninterrupted sun…normal.

The question is: Do you bring an umbrella or not? It’s quite cumbersome to be carrying something you might not really need. At the same time, you don’t want to get caught under a bucket without one. It’s unpleasant after all, walking around like a wet cat, shaking your paws and trying to warm your rear with no hope of drying until the day is over.

On one such evening, my husband and I had gone to buy a mattress. Just a light-weight roll-a-way type where we could use it as a spare for guests and then store it away. The weather seemed sunny, hot and pleasant, so we took our time in the shops, lingered, loitered, had dinner and then bought our mattress and headed out.

The rain had just begun. I wouldn’t call it a drizzle: more like dollops wetting the pavement at various intervals. We decided to wait for a taxi, but every one we flagged down decided they’d only take us and the mattress (which we could roll under our arms btw), for a minimum of three times the price. No meters on in this kind of weather. Opportunists eh?

After waving down a few taxi’s and deciding this was going nowhere, we decided the mattress was light enough for us to walk the twenty minutes home and the rain should hold. With Storm imminent, we began our trek.

We didn’t mind the fat drops of rain, until they began to slim down and take on an angled, pelting motion. We didn’t have an umbrella and there was no way we were going to pay for a taxi, even though a few were trying to honk us down now (and likely over-charge us).

Since the mattress was covered in plastic wrapping, we decided to use it as an umbrella. Imagine all the looks we got, as we walked tandem, carrying this mattress on our heads like village women with jars for water. All I could do was laugh and think,”Suckers, at least we’re dry!” I felt pretty smug when the buckets started coming down. It made all the difference in the world and I could feel the envy of the passer-bys who were getting drenched or probably needed a new mattress.

Crossing busy roads were the hardest part. Especially when stuck in a median strip with loads of other people and the mattress threatens to knock them all out into the road.

We got home dry, happy, doing something new and different; it’s not every day you use a mattress for an umbrella. Everyone should try it at least once in their lives, just for twenty minutes.


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This entry was posted on October 6, 2014 by in Social, Travel and tagged , , , , .
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