I was shopping on OfferUp to find some great deals. And I saw something really unique you don’t see often.
It was a caduceus wall plaque.
I thought it would go well on his shelf.
Our Argument When My Husband Got Home
I asked him what he thought of it.
Wife: Do you like it?
Husband: We shouldn’t buy anything right now. [He didn’t even look at it.]
Me: But I think you’ll like it!
Husband: Let me see.
[A few seconds later…]
Husband: OK, I definitely don’t want it.
Husband: It’s the staff of Hermes, which is for commerce. You’re thinking of the rod of Asclepius.
At this point, I’m looking at him like he just told me that quinoa wasn’t gluten-free. Or that octopus don’t have eight tentacles. Or that Asia wasn’t a continent.
He’s plain wrong.
Husband: Just look it up.
That’s his way of admitting, “You’re dangerous to argue with so I’m gonna be quiet.” 😜
Down A Rabbit Hole
As he told me to, I pulled up the first link on Google. And lo and behold, Wiki said this:
In a mad fever, I scrolled trying to learn more.
Here’s what I learned:
- Staff of Hermes (aka Caduceus) is TWO snakes with wings and is a symbol of commerce
- Rod of Asclepius is ONE snake and NO wings and is a symbol of medicine
In college, there was a pre-med club called Caducea. This meant the club name was basically a misnomer.
The RIGHT Snake
If you also didn’t know the difference between the Staff of Hermes and the Rod of Asclepius, you aren’t alone.
And if you did, just lie to me and say that you didn’t so I feel better 😂
Asclepius is unsymmetrical and aesthetically displeasing — like an old battery wrapped in coil. Nobody would want that tattooed on their body.
And NOBODY would attend a college pre-med club called “Ascalepea.”
But it IS the right snake.
btw I didn’t end up buying that plague on OfferUp because now I know better, begrudgingly, because of my husband.
Thanks, babe 😘
But I’ll be trying to stay true to the origins of healing and refer to the rod of Asclepius instead of the Caducea from here on out.
I’m hugging and supporting you, friends ❤️
To strong medical families,