As we all know owning an umbrella is a must for everyone today. The umbrella keeps people dry in rain, snow or shade a person from the sun. Is this all?
About 2,000 years ago, the sun-umbrella was a common accessory for wealthy Greek and Roman women. It’s a must-have for beauty and status.
There was a very beautiful young lady named Laura, who engaged herself in a lawsuit against a rich gentleman. What’s for? You may wondered. The thing was they both attended an event held in a local amphitheater. And it was a hot day that day, Laura opened her sophisticate-made parasol to shade herself from the sunlight and heat. The gentleman right behind her shouted to Laura since her umbrella blocked the vision of him. He was so rude and irritated. Laura did not argue him back but closed her umbrella.
Days after, the gentleman received a Summons from the Central Court. He was confused but to see what was wrong. In the Court, he saw a well-dresses lady shading her face crying violently. The judge announced that the man was guilty for stopping a young lady from using an umbrella in the open air which caused Laura’s beautiful face seriously sunburned. Her fiancé refused to marry Laura. So the judge ordered the rich gentleman to marry Laura otherwise he would have to receive a penalty more than he could afford.
Can you guess the ending? The gentleman refused to marry Laura for she was too ugly to look at. He lost all his wealth. The gentleman was so regretful for being impulsive in the amphitheater that day. He said later on, it was all because of the hot weather which made him feel more than irritate to lose his temper.
The story ended up with the man sold umbrellas to the world warning people that: “Always get shaded under the sun!”
The story may sound laughable today. But the result could be a teaching universally acknowledged. Life may torture your beauty, so you have to umbrella yourself. No one gets the right to take your umbrella away.