Dear Sir,

I assume you are a ‘sir’ maybe you are not, but as you are undoubtedly very old ‘hi’ just doesn’t seem to cut it.  Regardless, I want to thank you for your wonderful invention. Even in our ‘modern’ lives devoid of most contact with physical work, we all still on occasion have the need for a bucket or two.

I am writing today to inform you of a design flaw in ‘the bucket’. I was kind of hoping that you might be able to work on a service pack or patch that we could all download to upgrade the operating systems in our current buckets to rid ourselves of this issue.

It is well known, that nature abhorrers a vacuum. Well I believe that it is also a little known law of physics that nature similarly abhorrers an empty bucket. In the same way that air rushes to fill a vacuum, ‘stuff’ rushes to fill an empty bucket the moment it is left sitting empty.

You see, here’s the problem. Often, the type of situation that a ‘bucket’ is required for could be described as any thing from a mild emergency to an actual emergency….yet I’ve never heard any one exclaim “Quick! Someone grab a bucket full of random sh*t!!!”  Yet, ‘full’ seems to be their natural disposition.

The two buckets that reside on our boat. The left bucket is permanent storage of clearing products. The one on the right is the 'empty' bucket.
The two buckets that reside on our boat. The left bucket is permanent storage of clearing products. The one on the right is the ’empty’ bucket.

In my experience, whenever I am in a situation where I would like to utilise your great invention. Upon finding a bucket I discover that it is invariably full of stuff. Cleaning solutions seem to be a natural predator of the empty space that buckets contain but I notice that bucket gremlins come in many shapes and sizes.

Upon wishing to use the bucket, the first thought that occurs in my mind is “where am I going to put all the stuff that was in the bucket?” closely followed by the discovery of  a layer of ‘goop’ at the bottom which needs to be cleaned before the bucket is actually useful. By the time I’ve done all this any ‘urgent bucket situation’ is typically beyond the capabilities of a bucket. Knowing this, I find myself pondering  “Does this situation really require a bucket or will my husband’s coffee mug suffice?” each time I find myself in a potential bucket situation.

Our 'empty' bucket at home filled with highly valued treasures that my son has snuck into the house.
Our ’empty’ bucket at home filled with highly valued treasures that my son has snuck into the house.

I think you see the issue here, your invention is an excellent idea, but if you could possibly fix this one minor detail I think it would get much more use.

Sincerely

Mother and wife with too much  ‘thy bucket runneth over’ going on.

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