What color is my clown nose today?
Posted August 17, 2009on:
I had a down day yesterday after my kids were gone, which made me wonder if anyone would come and rip off my pink clown nose and instead hand me a blue one or a black one. After all, I had just gotten in the shipment of pink clown noses that symbolized my attempt to keep my sense of humor during breast cancer surgery and treatment and there I was feeling sad.
The image of the pink nose being ripped off my face ceremoniously would be like in the old television show, “Branded.” I loved this old western in which Chuck Connors was the only survivor of a U.S. Cavalry unit and was thus accused of being a coward. In the opening each week, all the insignia was ripped off his uniform while they sang these words:
Branded, scorned as the one who ran.
What do you do when you’re branded, and you know you’re a man.
Wherever you go, for the rest of your life
You must prove, you’re a man.
In truth, Connors was a hero, but would not testify against any of his men so he faced. He had been wrongly accused, something he had to deal with forever. Now that’s good television.
Back to my nose … I was talking to my good friend, Simcha, about my nose not being so pink yesterday and we started laughing about some kind of an alert system based on the color of my nose and the terrorism alert system.
These are the nose colors that so far be part of my personal alert system. I’ll entertain others if suggested:
Red: Angry, irritated
Yellow: Scared of treatment
Black: gothic and/or really sad
White: It’s snowing outside.
Plaid: Wouldn’t that be fun to see.
Runny: Anyone got a Kleenex?
Perhaps we could send these on to Homeland Security Administration and to my husband, so he can now how to respond to my angst or lack of.