The Girl with the Red Umbrella in Seattle

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She had never seen a city in such harmony before. Seattle was jubilant. The Seahawks had won against the Greenbay Packers. The 2014 champions were to be playing in the Super Bowl again. 

A few days after the game, the girl with the red umbrella was drawn to Pike Place Market and she saw the 12th man. Everywhere! Although she was not from Seattle, she knew it was because of the spirit of the 12th man that the Seahawks kept playing so well. At a game, the cheer of the 12th man was always louder than a jet plane and felt electrifying.  

She had heard a story about when the Seahawks won the Super Bowl last year, thousands came out in the city, celebrating, jumping, dancing, hugging and feeling so happy that there was hardly any trouble anywhere. A few days later, 700,000 fans flocked to the cold Seattle streets for the parade to CenturyLink Field. Number 3, Russell Wilson held the Lombardi Trophy up to the crowd. 

"Our plan is to win another one for you next year".

The Seahawks will play their best against the New England Patriots on February 1, hoping to be the first back-to-back champions in 10 years. They know the 12th man, where ever in the world, will be cheering loud.  

The girl with the red umbrella wondered if she would be able to find a Seahawks umbrella before the big game.

The girl with the red umbrella in Seattle

The girl with the red umbrella strolled through Pioneer Square on a rainy Seattle day, admiring the buildings in the quiet before the city came out to watch the Seahawks play.

The girl with the red umbrella strolled through Pioneer Square on a rainy Seattle day, admiring the buildings in the quiet before the city came out to watch the Seahawks play.

The first time she came to Seattle she was drawn to Pioneer Square, one of the oldest parts of the city, right next to downtown. As she walked around, she felt a sense of isolation - even though it was a cold winters day, it was incredibly quiet for lunch time. She had expected to see workers wandering around during their lunch breaks. Instead, as she approached Occidental Place, she saw homeless men, huddled on the street corner asking for money. 

As she wandered past the fancy art galleries she felt the sense of being followed. She glanced behind her - a few men close behind - no women in sight. She quickly thought she'd wander back to downtown, afraid that the men were catching up. Just as she did, one of the men shouted behind her, "Hey girl!" She kept walking, now faster. She turned behind, worried she was about to be bothered. 

"Hey lady, I just wanted to say, you mustn't be from around here. You are dressed so nice. Just wanted to tell you that. And that I hope you have a nice day." 

She let out a breath of relief. Thanked the man for his complement. Her perception began to change. 

A year later she visited Pioneer Square with a friend from out of town, who she knew would appreciate the beautiful buildings. She would show her the viaduct which was one-day going to come down and open the area to the waterfront. She would show her the old totem poles. She would point out how crowded Occidental Place gets on game day. She was so excited to show her friend around. 

On a sunny summers day they wandered, crossing from downtown into Pioneer Square. Within moments her friend stood still. She turned around and said to the girl with the red umbrella, "I don't like this place. I feel really scared. There's men staring at us as we walk this way. Can we please go back?"

As the girl with the red umbrella tried to reassure her, they were approached. 

"How are you ladies today? You two look so pretty, I don't think you're from around here. I hope you have a great day enjoying the sunshine".