I was heading out to lunch a couple of days ago and my drive took me past an elementary school. Kids were out on the playground for recess, running and jumping and generally having what looked to be a great time.
Except this one kid.
With a bucket on his head.
Yep, he was wandering through the swing sets, oblivous to the kids gliding past him in the air, keeping his hands out in front of him to ward off any collision and wearing a bucket on his head.
Now, in all fairness, I have to admit that at one time I was also a little boy on a playground at recess, but I honestly can’t remember ever walking around with a bucket on my head – or seeing anyone else doing it, either.
Maybe there was just a shortage of buckets at my elementary school?
At any rate, seeing this kid got me to thinking. Maybe he was emulating Iron Man, who’s often referred to by other superheros as “old Bucket Head.”
But of course, Iron Man can see where he’s going. Maybe he was pretending to be Darth Vader instead?
No, I have to believe that this kid was blissfully unaware of his surroundings. Kind of like someone digging away without having called in a ticket to 811.
Really, who needs Darth Vader? The Common Ground Alliance estimates that an underground facility is struck every six minutes in the United States because someone didn’t call 811 first.
Calling 811 is free, simple, and the law in Texas. It takes less than five minutes to speak with an agent on the phone, or go through our website portal,
Any way you do it, just do it.
Because you have better things to do than go through life with a bucket on your head.
Until next time, safe digging!