Saturday, September 19, 2009

A Red Nose

It was a beautiful day, so I decided to spend part of my afternoon in Portland, Oregon visiting two parks that this city is well-known for, the International Rose Test Garden and The Japanese Garden. Since Portland is called the Rose City, my first stop was the Rose Garden. The 550 varieties bloom from June into the fall, and during my visit in mid-September the three hillside terraces looking over the downtown was alive with color and fragrance.

On my way to the roses I first came to the children's playground and noticed a man and woman soaring high on the swings. That looks like fun, I thought, and paused to tell them so. Immediately after I got the words out of my mouth I looked closer at the man. Was that a red nose he was wearing? I just had to ask, "Why are you wearing a red nose?"

"Because this is our day to have fun and the red nose reminds us of that."

This is a very wise man, I think. What could be a simpler and more effective reminder to have fun than wearing a red nose? I mean, how could anyone wear a red nose and not have fun?

So, imagine my surprise when, two days later, I am in a store in Florence and spot a bin of red noses. Without hesitation, I buy two, because although I think I've got this "fun" thing pretty well figured out, it never hurts to have a reminder around. The other (?) because there may come a day when someone in my life needs a red nose, and I'll be ready.


Gina Denise said...

Great story, Jan. It's those kind of encounters that make travel in general so magical, and solo travel in particular, so rewarding. I'm glad you bought your red noses. Be sure to bring them, and the message they bear, back home.

Kevin Mc said...

Mom, I am really enjoying reading about your adventures. I am so happy you are having such a wonderful trip. You are in my thoughts often.

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog and also when you called into The Mary Jones recently. I feel like I get to live a little vicariously through you! Look forward to the next update with Mary

Holly said...

I love your red nose story...this is who you are...tuning in to simple life the things that really matter in life-