Thinking Near The Box

by Steve Mitchell

I let my mind wander and I try to get all clever and I think to myself, Self, what if there were an umbrella for keeping the sun out?

Hah!  Silly, right?

Then I recall, Oh yeah, that’s a parasol.

Okay, fine.  I press on.  But, what if, while the umbrella kept the sun out, it rained inside the umbrella?

Crazy!  That’s so ridiculous, sun outside and rain inside, but…

It occurs to me – if it were a mist inside, instead of rain, it would feel pretty nice in this hot, dry, southwest summer.  I bet that already exists.  I bet I just reinvented the misting-parasol.

So I look it up.

Yep.

alas

It’s been done.

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