The sunshade provides a pleasant oasis in the burning desert of any beach and its advantages are usually discovered eventually. So much so that when you are a little squirt, you scorn them as if they were the accoutrements of old folk and ladies who knit.
At that awkward age, the sunshade seems to be associated with cowards and whining girls. Of course, when you are reaching the end of your twenties and your thirties are approaching, what usually happens is that the resistance test beneath the sun seems to be the most obvious way imaginable of beating old age. So, you take the heat stoically or bravely, depending on your gender, just as if you were arm wrestling with the sunstroke and the third-degree burns. This is the time when you become convinved that sunshades are a great invention. They provide a very gentle breeze and a freshness that you only imagined (back when you were a hardened tanned person), in heaven, Shangri-La, the Garden of the Hesperides or in the Garden of Eden, depending on your lifestyle or the film you’ve just watched.
When they are rainbow coloured, sunshades make the beach look amazing. There are always people who are in favour of uniformed colours, which I don’t agree with, because there are very few landscapes that are as inspiring and delightful as a beach full of bright colours.
It is said that from the Moon, the Great Wall of China is the only thing that can be seen on Earth. That is because the astronauts haven’t looked in the direction of Las Canteras on an August day with a clear sky.
Well, let’s come back down to Earth and remember that a sunshade allows us to while away the hours on the seashore, relaxed and refreshed as we observe the coming and going of bodies and conversations, without the risk of ending the day with the lobster-red skin of a Scottish person.
I don’t know who invented the sunshade, also called a parasol in its smaller, cuter model and able to be used by one person only. It doesn’t matter that I do not know who that forgotten inventor was, but I want to be fair and pay tribute to him anyway.
However, this essential object which we use everyday can have its problems.The worst of all is where to store it when the summer is over, when the summer days fade into memories and autumn and winter arrive and when the sun is barely a caress.