One afternoon, as I was driving to my home in Guilford aftercompleting several errands, the announcer on my car radio reported that the temperature was 102 degrees with the humidity at 42 percent. It did not surprise me, therefore, to notice a number of women walking along the street with their umbrellas up. This provided them protection, in a small way, from the direct rays of the sun.
At the Civil War memorial service which was held at the monument in Loudon Park Cemetery June 1, there were a number of lovely ladies dressed in Confederate costumes, complete with hoop skirts, be-ribboned bonnets, lace fans and fringed parasols.
These recent incidents brought to mind a family tale involving a beautiful ruffled white silk parasol which was given to my Grandmother Willis, I was told, when she graduated from Western Maryland College in 1872. It was wrapped in layers of tissue paper, which my grandmother would open from time to time to look lovingly at the parasol. She determined to wait for some very special occasion before using it. I have never learned whether the occasion ever came.