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Rainy day requires simple survival kit

Published 12:01pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

Rain and I do not get along.

No matter how I stock up on umbrellas, rain boots and raincoats, arming myself with a small store’s worth of hair products to battle the frizz that always arrives at the first sign of precipitation, I can never seem to end up looking presentable at the end of the work day.

To be honest with you, I mostly end up looking like a hot mess.

I always start off a rainy day, such as this past Wednesday, in a hopeful state of mind – like this will be the instance in which I don’t look like a drowned rat by the end of the day.

I’ll dodge every single rain drop, I think, and my hair will look perfect all day. 

So I’ll style my hair and walk out the door, only to have the vindictive wind instantly blow my perfect coif out of place.

I’ll fumble with my umbrella when exiting the car and get soaked in the process, stumbling into work looking like I’d decided to take a fully-clothed, pre-workday swim in Lake Martin, rather than the perfectly presentable woman I’d left the house as a mere 10 minutes before.

I had a haircut scheduled for Wednesday, and even my stylist told me there was no hope for the frizzy, tangled mess with which I presented her.

“I thought everybody would cancel their appointments today, with the weather the way it is,” she said.

So here are my nontraditional ways to survive through those wet, rainy days, as the methods used by the general public don’t tend to save me.

- A ponytail holder and bobby pins. These are the perfect tools to save a doomed ‘do. With these items in tow, I can twist my bangs away from my face, wrap my hair into a messy bun and (almost) make it look like I intended to start off my day looking that way.

- Warm, fuzzy socks. Oftentimes, I forget to utilize my rain boots, leaving my work-appropriate flats soaked through. If I am at my desk for the afternoon, I slide these on to keep my bare feet from freezing solid.

- A scarf. I like sticking one of these in my purse so I can wrap it around my neck as I’m drying off in the office. If my neck and feet (see bullet point above) are warm, I’ll stay toasty.

For those of you who have seen me on a rainy day where I was lacking one or all of my above listed items, my apologies.

But as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, “Into each life some rain must fall.”

It just applies to my own life in a more literal sense than Longfellow probably intended.

Spears is general manager and managing editor of The Outlook.