A Chance of Rain
Always bring an umbrella. My parents trained me well—whenever you go on vacation, always bring an umbrella. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
This advice has become vital, because the Sundins bring rain wherever we go. The summer of 2007 was the wettest in Europe since World War II. The Sundins were there. In the summer of 2009, London experienced unusually heavy rain—it cleared up the day the Sundins flew home. We hiked Yosemite in ponchos in pouring rain. We hiked the rim of the Kilauea volcano without ponchos—my sweet hubby insisted we didn’t need them because it was a “warm rain.” In our home, “It’s a warm rain” are fighting words.
As mom, I am Keeper of the Umbrellas and Ponchos. We have a good stock. We rarely need them at home in California—especially this year!—but when we travel, we need them. Imagine my surprise when we boarded a plane this month, and I realized I’d failed. I turned to our son: “I forgot the umbrellas.” He gave me the “Mom, get out of your story world” face. “You know this means rain?” he said.
It would have rained anyway. But now we’ve added a cute little “Boston” umbrella to our collection!
Sarah Sundin is the author of six historical novels, including In Perfect Time (Revell, August 2014). Her novel On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the 2014 Golden Scroll Awards. Sarah works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. You can find her at http://www.sarahsundin.com