A DAY AT THE beach turned into a $200,000 payday yesterday for a Manhattan mom who was slammed in the head by a lifeguard's wind-propelled umbrella in 1999. Phyllis Caliano-Bahaj was watching her 8-year-old son and three friends at Robert Moses State Park when a gust of wind uprooted the big beach umbrella and turned it into a "flying torpedo.
"The wind picked up a little bit, and my brother-in-law yelled 'there's an umbrella coming out of the sand,'" Quigley said. "I turned to the left and I saw this big beach umbrella just lift straight up, turned on end and the shaft shot through my left eye. It was like a sledge hammer when it hit."
Yes, I’ve become That Mom, the uncool one sacking out under the big beach umbrella while everyone else on the beach bears the heat for that lovely glowing tan. What can I say–I’m a delicate flower. And I definitely want my kids to have some respite from the sun at the first sign of pink shoulders.