Until I came to Rwanda, I thought that umbrellas were invented and used for keeping one dry in the rain.
That is not the only use for them.
They are also used for giving one shade in the beating African Sun.
I was reminded of that again this afternoon as we went to the cemetery for the graveside service for a dear friend's mom/auntie. The sun can be very unforgiving during the dry season ... hence one must create their own shade.
Not sure to do with the old wives' tale that I grew up with ... 'That it's bad luck to open an umbrella unless it's raining!' Oh well... :-)