It had been quite warm, but overnight a change had arrived. Before I headed for the bus, I checked the weather. There didn't seem to be much rain around at the moment. Yes. There was some coming but it appeared to be a long way off. I could get to town. I could make my appointment and was sure I could be home again before the rain set in. But just in case, I tossed an emergency plastic poncho in my backpack.
No sooner had I reached the bus stop, the rain started. It must have come up from the coast as it wasn't on the weather radar. I could see the bus coming so I just held my backpack over my head until I was on board.
By the time I arrived in town the rain was quite heavy. And the wind had kicked in as well.
Luckily I put the poncho in, I told myself. I am going to need it to get to my destination at least a little bit dry.
Finding some cover I took the poncho out of its packet. I slowly unfolded it. With my limited vision I couldn't tell the back from the front. Then the wind almost blew it clean out of my hands. As I once again held it up, I realised I couldn't define the top from the bottom either.
I knew I was in trouble but I just had to persevere.
Eventually I found the bottom. I pulled it over my head. Fumbling around I found the arm holes.
Thank God. At long last, I silently said.
But something wasn't right. I pulled the poncho down, only to have the hood flapping over my face. Then the realisation hit me. I had it on back to front.
This would never do.
I pulled the poncho off and began the whole procedure again. Eventually it all came together. So much for one size fits all. It was so big. I also had room for a couple of my friends.
As I bent down to pick up my backpack, the wind came up underneath this plastic monstrosity. It blew up like a massive balloon. And before I could hold it down, the poncho came clean off over my head and floated away.
The next minute a friendly voice said,
Here's your plastic. I smiled sweetly and calmly said,
Keep it. I really don't need it anymore.
The grateful man hurried off down the street with
his plastic. I would have liked to have watched as he tried to put it on but time was ticking away. I had to find a shop, buy an umbrella and get to my destination on time and at least a little bit dry.