What is the difference in these three rain protectors? When I think of a parasol I think of a sourthern lady protecting her delicate skin from the sun. When I think of a bumbershoot I think what the heck is that? Something on a cartoon guy? When I think of umbrellas I think yipee its raining in south Texas. Yep it rained off and on all night and all day and it doesn't seem to be through yet and the good thing is it isn't cold just cool. We watched a high water rescue in San Antonio on the news tonight. The motto there is "Turn Around Don't Drown". There are so many high water crossings in San Antonio and people are bound and determined to go around the barricades. They have had to start charging a high fee for rescueing people and dragging their vehicle out of the water. Reminds me I better go get my umbrella off the front porch where I left it to drip dry before a tom cat pees on it or it blows away.