Hats

Hats have great importance. Young mothers put hats on their infants to protect them when they are in their strollers and out for a walk. They don’t know it, but when their babies are old enough to grab, those ruffled hats will be the first to go. Several months later, those same mothers will put the slightly larger hats back on their bigger babies, only to see them fly off their babies’ heads. Depending on the mother and the baby, you will see a variety of responses and emotions. It is one of the first battles between mother and child. Some mothers will place great importance in making sure the hat stays on. Other mothers will not care. In this struggle, sometimes one side shows a certain wisdom, and either mother or baby will choose early on not to fight the battle. These are the peacekeepers of the world.

Fashionable women wear hats to make a statement. Other women won’t dare wear a hat if it does anything bad to their hair. Their focus is on what they will look like once the hat is off. These women are forward thinkers.

Some men wear hats to cover up bald spots, others to keep warm. These are the practical people in the world.

Older men flirt in their dapper hats. These men are happy in the moment.

Fans wear caps with team logos. These are the optimists of the world.

Backwards caps make some teenagers unapproachable and scary. Others simply look adorable like this and will someday learn that their most endearing quality is their niceness.

Some women wear hats or scarves to shield illness. I recognize these women and smile tentatively at them. These women are the warriors. I feel guilty having hair. I want to go home and cut it all off.

Thank you for reading.

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20 thoughts on “Hats

  1. A lovely article, Barbara. In SA it is very hot and so children wearing a hat is imperative. Hat wearing is enforced at schools and the kids grow up knowing that hats must be worn. I enjoyed the humour in this post. PS, you should link this blog to your twitter account so that we can share for you.

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    • Oh yes, the fancy hats. I still have my grandmother’s pillbox fur hat. Not sure what animal it’s from and totally socially unacceptable now, but I always smile when I look at it. Thanks so much for reading, Jill 🙂

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  2. We hated wearing school caps and usually stuffed them into our pockets as soon as we were a safe distance away. One day the head boy was paraded on stage at assembly because he had engaged in fisticuffs with neighbouring boys who ridiculed his cap. That was the worst thing the headmaster could have done to the poor lad.

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  3. When I grew up, fancy women wore hats to church, some even to go shopping. I was plain, not fancy, so when I got a chance to wear a hat, it stayed on my head. (A red hat even made it into my book trailer – ha!)

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  4. An introspective, wise and also ACTIVE post about hats. Active, you ask? With each type of hat you describe, and what that type means by the people who wear them, I thought of different friends/relatives in my life and how they wore (or didn’t wear) their hats. Your “backward hat” mention made me laugh at a memory of a photo I have of my mom (in her 70s at the time) wearing my son’s baseball hat, backwards. She looked adorable. My baby girl kept her hat on whenever I put it on her head – she’s still adaptable and always wanting to please. My baby boy would grab the hat the second I put it on him and throw it as far as he was able. And he’s still…. well, you get the message. 🙂

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  5. Cute post, Barbara! I love hats on others but have the devil of a time finding one that looks good on me. I so remember when Mom used to dress my sister and me for church with those old-time fancy hats. While my sister looked like a fashionista, I looked like a little old lady. 🙂 ❤

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  6. Knowing that babies refuse to keep hats on seems to be a universal truth. I wonder how baby hat makers stay in business. I guess because those tiny hats are just so darn cute people can’t help but buy them. That struggle is all too fresh in my mind. I gave up first. 🙂

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  7. I remember the baby hat struggles, Barbara, and what a great post. Nowadays, the only hats I wear are for protection from the sun – my boonie hat for backpacking and one of my many ball cap styles for dog walking. Since I’ve always had bangs, hats didn’t work for me. Now that I’m growing those bangs out, they just might in the future. Something to look forward to. 🙂

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