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. 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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