My sweet friend Gertrude dropped by to say hello today.
She's such a tenderhearted gal. So kind. And what a dancer! You should see her do the cha cha. Or the tango. Ballet? Tap? Jazz? She's mastered them all. She has moves so few can pull off. So light on her feat. There's just no reason for her not to be a professional.....hitting the stage.....her name in the bright lights of broadway. A legend in her own time. But, alas, each time she auditions, her casting folk just can't see past her unfortunate 'green-ness'. Yes, yes perhaps she could cover her seafoam skin in makeup, you say. She tried that once. But the oilyness of the makeup prevented her ballet partner from getting a good grip on her hands and she ended up flat on her face, nose down, when she should have been held high in a lovely, overhead 'swan' pose. She had 3 surgeries to correct that broken nose. And it never was truly the same. Pity.
So, sweet Gertrude spends her time as the coat check girl in the back of a broadway theatre. Watching from behind the scenes. Secretly wishing...hoping...that someday, someday soon....she won't be seen simply by the green-ness of her skin. She hopes that green girls can take to the stage and be free. Free to be.....green.
Lovely Gertrude will be up for auction on ebay Sunday evening, August 10 along with her good friend, Mortie.
Adios, my friends! I'm off to Mexico. See you in a week!