Let a Smile Be These Things

  • Your umbrella.
  • Your backup umbrella to your real umbrella.
  • Your backup umbrella to your real umbrella, a soggy newspaper, your jacket, and your hands.
  • Your bumbershoot if you’re fond of facetious American slang mocking the British.
  • Your parapluie if you enjoy sounding French and pretentious.
  • Your tiny paper parasol that you accidentally insert in your nose while drinking your fourth pina colada.
  • Your recipe substitute for a plantain or a banana.
  • Your way of saying, “I meant to do that,” after tripping over an area rug.
  • Your boomerang if they won’t let you carry a real boomerang onto the plane.
  • Your external expression of compassion that conceals seething contempt.
  • Your ongoing plasma discharge if you’ve misplaced your electric arc.
  • Your invitation to fight with a chimpanzee (teeth bared).
  • Your means of faking interest in your partner’s dream about how they were naked and back in high school.
  • Your scimitar if you’ve been conscripted by the army of the Ottoman Empire in the Fifteenth Century.
  • Your frown if you’re a hibernating fruit bat.
  • Your invitation to energetic sex with your partner (teeth bared).

MARK NUTTER grew up in a motel near Joliet, Illinois, which is not as glamorous as it sounds. He’s written a short fiction collection (‘Sunset Cruise on the River Styx’), musicals (‘ReAnimator the Musical’, ‘The Bicycle Men’), television (‘SNL,’ ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’) and film (‘Almost Heroes’). www.marknutter.com. Twitter: @mknutter33

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