Meditations: “Meditation on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - for all ages”
He was excluded by other reindeer. They did not let him play with them. We may feel confident that they made fun of him and his red nose.
It is possible that they hurt poor Rudolph. He was on the outside. The other reindeer had a special relationship with Santa Claus. They were the elite: Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, Comet, Blitzen, fine names, sturdy names, bespeaking solidarity, stability, education, training, ability, access to the very best. These reindeer were strong and fast.
Rudolph was smaller and his only distinctive feature was a shiny red nose. It
seemed to have a glow about it. It made the young Rudolph a figure of fun. "See
Rudolph the Red-nosed. Ha! Ha! I'd rather be dead than red in the nose,” they'd
Still he may have been content to be red-nosed by himself. He probably
muttered more than once, "I don't care. Let them have all of the fun. I can have
fun by myself.
Source:UU Faith Works Summer/Fall 2003
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