One Saturday in October I was charged with being chaperone for Chef Tony Geraci as he made his way around Charlottetown meeting people and talking about school food for the PEI Home and School Federation.
It was a rainy Saturday, and I was concerned that the rain would continue all day, so I brought umbrellas for us.
At the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market, I asked Tony if he wanted one.
“No, that’s okay,” he said, “I’ve got a jacket with a hood.”
It had never occurred to me, until that moment, that a jacket with a hood provided the same service as an umbrella.
But, thinking about it, with the possible exception of some additional trouser protection that a big umbrella might provide, I realized Tony was right: what do you need with an umbrella when you have a hood.
This may seem like an insignificant little realization, but it was one of the most important things I learned last year.