March 27, 2013

You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade

"When you wear a hat, it is like medicine for the soul.  The hat is the expression of who you are as a women in every moment!  The hat is your dreams of who you can be.  It facilitates the different parts of who you are:  With the wave of the hat, voila!  You are, you are playful."

In case you wondered whether I was exaggerating about my love of hats yesterday, I thought I would give you a little peek into my closet todaySome women collect spoons, or tea cups, or figurines (and I have my fair share of all of those!), but I collect hats.  I can't resist them.  I just wish there were more places to wear them, as my daily life certainly doesn't require the glamor of a hat.  More's the pity, in my opinion!

Hats and weddings just seem to go together, don't they?
My sister and one of my brothers at another sister's wedding
 "With the right hat, nothing else matters."
Evidently this was my go-to wedding ensemble one year; with a good friend at her son's wedding in Maryland

"I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality.  Why just be yourself?"
At my nephew's wedding in Pittsburgh, accompanied by my charming husband and brothers-in-law
 "Luxurious, flirty and at times a bit sexy.  We're out to prove a great hat can change your day."
At a Kentucky Derby fundraising gala with my husband...I love this hat!
Probably the most interesting thing about my hat obsession is that I am really quite an introvert, more of a 'watcher' instead of a 'doer', the one who prefers to stay in the back of a room and quietly sip her punch while everyone else is partying merrily.  But when I put on my hat, something changes.  And that's part of the fun of life, isn't it?  I'm sharing this great observation from humorist Erma Bombeck today.  I may not be 80 yet, but when I am I'll have my purple hat ready!

Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister (Mom, I can't go to school looking like this!)
Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly"- but decides she's going out anyway.
Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she's going out anyway.
Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "clean" and goes out anyway.
Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.
Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.
Age 70: She looks at herself & sees wisdom, laughter and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80: Doesn't bother to look.
Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world. 

1 comment:

  1. You have the right kind of hair to make a wide brimmed hat look good. (and I think it's great that your husband wears hats along with you!) I like the tiny pill box hats of the 40's 50's and 60's and those little caps that were mostly flowers and netting. Something light enough not to smoosh down my hair. :-) Wish those would come back in style. Maybe we should move to England?