Gene Kelly Walking and Singing in the Rain

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Getting caught in the rain


What made me think of Umbrellas, Gene Kelly, and "Singing in the Rain" was pure happenstance.


Just yesterday my husband and I were taking a late morning walk in our subdivision.


We had already taken my mother's Pomeranian dog, Skippy, for his short walk and after returning him to the house, we ventured out for a longer walk.


Skippy has a mind of his own! He has his short walk down pat and if we try to get him to walk further, he literally sits down and/or pulls making it look as though we are dog-napping him. Long ago we decided that if we want to get some decent exercise it is not worth "arguing" with Skippy.



Singing in the Rain (Gene Kelly)

Umbrellas


As it turned out, we could have used a couple of umbrellas on our walk.


The weather forecast was for a 30% chance of rain later in the day. We should have known better!


The sky was cloudy and grey and it has been abnormally hot and humid for this time of year, even for Houston standards. You can probably guess the rest... Yes, we got caught in the rain!


We were quite distant from our home so had no choice but to walk in the rain on our return home.


Walking in the rain made us think of the wonderful movie made years ago with the tap dancing Gene Kelly and the great and uplifting song he sang about "Singing in the Rain."


My husband and I may not have been tap dancing nor singing, but since the rain was lightly coming down hitting our faces and arms with cool droplets and there was no hint of thunder or lightening, we actually enjoyed ourselves. Why not? There was no alternative, so we made the best of it and actually resurrected memories of this delightful movie that we have enjoyed seeing countless times.


If one is looking for a "feel good" type of movie entertainment..."Singing in the Rain" should be on every-one's list!

Gene Kelly Screenshot from the trailer to Inherit the Wind.

Gene Kelly Screenshot from the trailer to Inherit the Wind.
Gene Kelly Screenshot from the trailer to Inherit the Wind. | Source

Gene Kelly Summer Stock Dance

Large umbrellas


There are all types of umbrellas. Fancy umbrellas made in all colors and patterns with frilled edges or other adornments can undoubtedly be found to match a person's clothing and style.

Personalized umbrellas can be imprinted with whatever is desired. A windproof umbrella is a particularly nice feature.

Have any of you been caught in a driving rainstorm combined with fierce wind and had your umbrella flip in the opposite direction?

I have had that happen and most often at the most inopportune times. Is there ever a good time for that to occur?

One nice thing about large umbrellas in general and also golfing umbrellas is that just because of their construction and larger surface, they are most often windproof as well.

We surely could have used my husband's golfing umbrella on that rain soaked walk!

Cute artwork of a little girl and umbrella - Located in the Smithsonian Art museum.

The blue umbrella 1914 - Helen Hyde
The blue umbrella 1914 - Helen Hyde | Source

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly - The Babbitt and the Bromide

Gene Kelly


Gene Kelly's full name was Eugene Curran Kelly and he was born on August 23, 1912.


After high school due to economic circumstances he was forced to work to help his family but did manage to get a degree in economics. His mother had encouraged his dancing lessons and with his athleticism and natural talent he started a dance studio with his family. He was proficient in all types of dance from tap dancing to ballet as well as modern and everything else. His teaching methods were well recognized.


Gene Kelly dropped out of law school to pursue his career which eventually led him to not only being a dancer and great instructor, but he also successfully became an actor, singer, choreographer and well known film director and producer. He worked primarily in America but also in Europe.


Gene Kelly remains best known for the films American in Paris which was in 1951 and Singin' in the Rain which was in 1952. He received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Screen Actor's Guild and also the American Film Institute.


Dying on February 2, 1996 he will forever be remembered for his boyish good looks and talent and for his part in musical films from the 1940s and 1950s when that genre was in its heyday.

Gene Kelly tap dancing on roller skates

When you think of Gene Kelly and Dancing in the Rain do you also think of umbrellas?

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Thanks to our need for an umbrella yesterday...although we obviously did not have one handy...all of these thoughts of Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain came flooding into my mind. No pun intended!


Hope that you enjoyed this slice of life which evolved from our walk in the neighborhood when it started to rain.


Also...if you were a Gene Kelly fan, enjoy the videos and memories!

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly - Just in Time

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Lisa,

I think that many of us have been caught at times without an umbrella to protect us from the rain. You are not alone. :))


Lisa 3 years ago

i have always netegceld this accessory and manage to pick up any used and abused hand off when the weather turns to rain. i think about having a fancy umbrella a lot but never get around to finding/buying one. lovely picture round up-btw.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

I still enjoy watching those old musicals like Singing in the Rain and so many others in which Gene Kelly starred. He certainly was a great entertainer! Thanks!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Gene Kelly was a great entertainer. Came back to pin this hub to my 'Exceptional Men' board. Will also share with followers.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Rajan,

I think that we have all had those occasions of the protective umbrella flipping the other way and then getting soaked. Ha! I think that you would enjoy viewing that movie with Gene Kelley. Perhaps someday! Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.


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