Day 638: Orange

When my 16-year-old son Aaron — who has naturally orange hair and whose favorite color is orange — was about seven years old,  his elementary school put on a talent show. Aaron did stand-up comedy, for the first time in his career (for a more recent appearance, see here).

I can’t recall Aaron’s entire routine (I have it on tape SOMEWHERE), but I do remember it included several knock-knock jokes, which he did not write.* The following knock-knock joke was part of his routine (and perhaps you’ve heard this one):

Aaron: Knock knock.

Audience: Who’s there?

Aaron: Banana.

Audience: Banana who?

Aaron: Knock knock.

Audience: Who’s there?

Aaron: Banana.

Audience:  Banana who?

Aaron: Knock knock.

Audience:  Who’s there?

Aaron:  Banana.

Audience:  Banana who?

Aaron: Knock knock.

Audience: Who’s there?

Aaron:  Orange.

Audience: Orange who?

Aaron: Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

Orange you glad I’m writing a post about “orange”?

Orange you wondering why I’m writing this today? Whether you’re wondering, orange you assuming I’m going to tell you?

I’m writing this post today because:

  • Orange is a major color of fall/autumn, around these parts.
  • Somebody in a therapy session, yesterday, who is working on separating herself from toxic family members, quoted something a friend told her:

Expecting anything different and healthy from your family is like going to the hardware store and expecting to buy oranges.

  • Orange you aware that I probably have lots of photos on my iPhone with the color orange in them?


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That last photo shows some needlepoint by my late mother.

Orange I grateful for the family I have?

Finally, orange you wondering about anything in this post?  If you are, please knock-knock for an answer.

Thanks to orange people and orange things, everywhere, and to you — of course! — for all the colors you bring, today.

* By the way, Aaron did write his own knock-knock joke, soon after that. It went like this:

Aaron: Knock knock.

Audience: Who’s there?

Aaron: The town detective.

Audience:  The town detective who?

Aaron: I’ll be asking the questions around here.


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28 thoughts on “Day 638: Orange

  1. Ha! I think Aaron (I love his hair!) wrote a hilarious knock-knock joke!

  2. Orange you afraid we’re going to miss the music today, Ann?

    Not that I want to take the detective role away from Aaron, by any means!

    • Orange you aware that I may wonder whether everybody likes my choices of music, Mark? Orange you also aware that usually doesn’t stop me? I actually was considering posting the theme song to “Orange is the New Black.” What do you think of that?

      Apparently, we’re all town detectives here.

  3. kellie@writingmoment

    Lovely! The pic with the pumpkins and flowers is so pretty, I’m in Australia so would never see an image like that out and about!
    I use the orange knock knock joke myself, it is timeless, I remember it from a movie and Tom Hanks said it, very funny. Thank you for sharing.

  4. There is soooo much about this post I love — and in particular, the smile and lightness of being it gave to me.

    Aren’t you glad I didn’t say all the orange?

    PS — love the cat clock and the cat on the counter and the fall flowers and… well just everything!

  5. I have all of Mr. T’s early performances recorded – I tell my dad that one day people will pay good money to see “the early years” of Mr. T – before he became the big star! 🙂

  6. A tangerine dream of a post 🙂

  7. Gene Phillips

    Alternative ending: “Orange you glad banana went away.”

  8. You are in a delightfully playful mood today; what fun!

  9. Fantastic…orange is my favorite color (besides blue…ha, ha), as I think I own an orange everything. But most perfect of all is that my beautiful mother has orange hair 🙂 So we are quite lucky to be blessed with a little orange in our days ~ forever. What a fun post this was!!!!

    • Thank you for this beautiful, fantastic comment. You blessed me this morning, with the word “forever.”

      • I actually paused before writing forever ~ and then like you felt fantastic-to-the-bone when I realized that it was so true. Wish you a great week Ann!

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  11. I enjoyed that. I am (or was, it has faded now) the ginger nut in our family and I have a total red-head niece.

    Re my novel Border Line that I am hoping you will read. I now have print copies and an ePub file. I can either send you a print version, if you email me your work address to threadgoldpressATwaitroseDOTcom or I can email you the ePub file to read on an iPad or similar if you email me an email address. I hope that makes sense. Border line is not officially published until December 5th, there is more info about it at:

  12. A cat, a child and artwork, including fabric/tapestry, beautiful post, Ann!

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