How to make your kid’s schoolhouse brighter: Solar umbrella lights
When I was little, we had a solar umbrella.
This is what my kids would see when they looked at it: It had an electric fan that ran on solar energy, and it made the whole room bright.
I was excited to have a little solar system, I told them, and they were happy with that.
It didn’t last long, though, because when we moved to a new school, I noticed something was wrong with my umbrella.
I thought it had gone bad.
A new solar umbrella, the kind that had been made for my son, was on its way to me.
When it arrived, I took a picture of it and tweeted it to my followers.
This little boy, with the solar umbrella he had made for me, was the most excited of the family.
Then the little boy with the electric fan in his hand started crying.
I’m a mom who loves to share the joy of a great day.
And I was overwhelmed by a whole lot of emotions.
The umbrellas that came with my new solar system were bright, but when they arrived, my son had already become a bit overwhelmed.
My heart broke.
At first, I blamed the fan.
He was too young to use it.
But I had no idea how he was doing it, and I couldn’t help thinking it was because the fan was too big.
He was crying all the time, he was crying so loudly that he was making his parents worry.
But then I thought about my husband, and we had just bought a new solar power system.
And our new solar solar system had a fan that had a different diameter than the umbrelles I had already made.
So when my son was crying, I tried to help him calm down.
By the time I got to the room where my son’s fans were, he had become so excited that he had fallen asleep.
I felt awful.
Instead of trying to help me, he just cried.
His fans were bigger than my own, so I didn’t notice until I was trying to use my phone to call my husband.
We called our local utility company to have the fans replaced.
I had never heard of solar umbrellae before, and that night, I was completely unprepared.
How to make a solar power umbrella without a fan source CNN article I asked my husband to take me to the local utility’s office to have my solar umbrella replaced.
As I walked in, I saw my new umbrella in my hands, a bright green and white solar umbrella that fit perfectly on my child.
They were just as excited as I was about the solar system.
For the next few hours, I watched my little boy happily use the solar umbrella in the hopes that it would last for years.
And I would be very happy with them.
That was the moment when I learned that I could do what I love most — share the happiness of a day with others.
If you want to know more about how to make the perfect solar umbrella for your child, you can watch this TED Talk from Jennifer Kwan, which is a great primer on how to create a beautiful solar umbrella: