What would Liz Brogna say?

Good Morning America, or perhaps The Today Show, was on but I paid little attention, instead sipping coffee and reading on online article on my phone. But when I heard the name Kate Hudson, I immediately looked up.
My wife, sleeping late or fiddling around upstairs, loves Kate Hudson and I considered calling to her or at least hitting the record button on the remote.
She’s is pretty, that’s for sure, I thought as I recalled Mary Kay saying that from time to time. Her natural beauty was even more evident with the severely short haircut Kate Hudson is sporting these days. Her appearance was in support of her new book, Pretty Happy.
I hadn’t been watching more than 30 seconds, though, when Kate Hudson did something appalling. She scratched her nose.
She did not “pick” her nose, mind you, let’s be clear about that. She merely scratched it. Briefly, on the side, with her right index finger, as she spoke.
It was no big deal. Except to me. And anyone else who ever appeared in a stage production directed by Liz Brogna.
Mrs. Brogna was the music teacher when I was a student at Pittston High and later Pittston Area High School. She was also the Glee Club director. The worst thing any of us could do on stage was not to sing out of key. Mrs. Brogna could tolerate that. And of me, expected it. The worst thing you could do on stage was to scratch your nose.
“Whatever you do the night of the show,” Mrs. Brogna would bellow, stabbing the air with her finger in our direction, “do not scratch your nose. I don’t care how itchy your nose is, do not reach up and scratch it.”
And then came the closer none of us who experienced Mrs. Brogna would ever forget.
“The Queen of England wouldn’t scratch her nose,” she’d shout.
Mrs. Brogna was small in stature, but could she ever project.
It’s been more than 50 years and still I heard Mrs. Brogna’s voice as Kate Hudson did that simple, innocent, human thing. Her nose was itchy and she scratched it.
And sitting in his family room in Pittston, Pennsylvania, this Liz Brogna influenced old man took notice. And somehow felt superior.

Ed Ackerman