**Alternate title: One of 10,000 random stories wandering around my limbic system.
In my neck of the woods, the Caduceus, pictured above, is associated with all things healing, health and medical.
Notice the two snakes intertwined around the Greek God Hermes’ magical winged staff.
Ah, but pretty much everywhere else in the world, the Rod or Staff of Asclepius represents the aforementioned concepts.
While I refuse to engage in an exposé on the origins, confoundings and controversies surrounding these two symbols, I should, at least, acknowledge that the Staff of Asclepius depicts one snake on a rod–sans the wings.
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Anyway, for clarity’s sake, I ask that you forget everything I just told you about the Staff of Asclepius and focus your attention solely on the Caduceus.
Because, the Caduceus is the symbol I wanna talk about 😉
In fact, it is the symbol that I associate, not just with my pediatrician–Dr. Bennett, but also with cheeseburgers, Sears, and pecan caramel chocolate cluster candies–in that order 😉
What the hell?
Let me explain.
When I was a child, my pediatrician’s office was housed in a tall brick professional building that sported a large silver Caduceus on the side.
And, believe it or not, whenever I spotted that magical symbol, my senses would come alive!
Oh yes, it was, indeed, Pavlovian and you, I pray, are about to understand why.
Let me continue to explain.
You see, as soon as I saw the Caduceus from the parking lot– my memory would perk up and I could immediately ‘see,’ in my mind, my dear Dr. Bennett’s handsome smile.
I could ‘hear’ him say, “Hello Gwin, how are you?”
But, best of all, I could ‘smell’ then ‘taste’ the cheeseburgers that Mama and I would, no doubt, eat in a small diner located on the first floor of that building.
Let the mouth watering begin!
Oh, but the fun didn’t end there!
I thought about how immediately following our double date with the cheeseburgers, Mama and I would walk down the street to Sears to buy a bag of pecan caramel chocolate cluster candies– which we’d nibble all the way home.
Remember friends, I experienced all of this before we could step foot into the building for my appointment.
Oh, I can hear you guys asking, “Lady G, what the hell is the point to this story?”
To that I say, “I’m not sure…Do we need one?”
But isn’t it interesting that a symbol that was meant to represent ideas of healing and medicine could be hijacked by the senses to represent things that are completely unintended like cheeseburgers and chocolate candy?
Our world is highly personalized, don’t you think?
And, on that note, Lady G never looks at a Caduceus without craving a damn good cheeseburger and some chocolates.
What say you about symbols- hijacked or otherwise?
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Meet me in comments and let’s discuss 🙂