As family and friends gather inside Melanson’s home, members of the State Police, the Maine Guide Service, and numerous volunteers have formed a massive search party.
“I just want my Daddy back,” wailed young Heather Melanson, who then wiped her runny nose on this Modern Philosopher’s toga.
“I don’t get how he could be gone for so darn long,” complained Robby Thibodeau, Melanson’s ne’er-do-well brother-in-law. “Mark ain’t exactly a brain surgeon, so it’s not like there are so many thoughts bouncing around for him to get lost in.”
I was drawn to this story not only by it’s unique (okay, bizarre) nature, but also because it had to do with a man and his Deep Thoughts. I have brought an extra toga to the Melanson home, and plan to present it to Mark upon his safe return.
“It’s going to be tough traveling,” explained John Dough, the Maine Guide tasked with leading the search. “Any time you go into unchartered territory, such as the mind of a total stranger, you know you’re apt to face anything. It’s really difficult to prepare for the unknown. You never know what you’re going to find.”
In hopes of making the search a little less surprising, Authorities interviewed Melanson’s wife, Gigi, for a good hour. “We’re expecting to run into a lot of thoughts about hunting, the New England Patriots, snowshoeing, and Kate Upton,” State Police Chief Warren Mune explained. “Of course, not every wife knows what’s going on inside her husband’s head, so we’re sure there will still be a few surprises.”
While the searchers go about their business, the friends and family members at the missing man’s home continue to regale each other with stories of Melanson’s past, while also trying to stay positive. “We know they’ll find Mark,” his neighbor, Charlie “Moose” Roberson, assured me. “He’s never had the best sense of direction, but he loves his wife and kids, so he’ll make sure he gets back to them.”
Readers, while I know I’m always encouraging you to pound out the Deep Thoughts, I never caution you of the potential dangers of getting lost in them. Please exercise caution when thinking. It can be very tempting to wander off the beaten path and avoid reality for awhile, but you need to stay safe, focused, and know when you’ve been gone too long.
I want you all to think, but fight the temptation to get lost in there. Let go of thoughts that make you sad, and don’t linger too long on happy ones because too much fantasy might cause you to hate your reality.
What do you think, Modern Philosophers? Will they be able to bring him back? What’s the longest you’ve even gotten lost in your own thoughts? Have you ever tried to get lost in the thoughts of someone else?
I’ll be at the Melansons’ if anyone needs me. I look forward to your comments on this. Please think good thoughts for Mark and his family during this trying time…