It all started very innocently a little over a month ago, while we were on vacation in the Outer Banks. My sister and I were in a confectioners’ store in Avon, Hatteras Island, and I tried on this hat:
We laughed, and I bought it. Mind you, this is the first hat I have ever purchased, ever, in 50+ years.
I quickly discovered that a hat like this helps keep a person cool on a hot day. I had always thought hats would be too warm to wear in the summer but just the opposite is true. It was comfortable, and I was pleased.
The next day sis and I were out shopping and I found this hat…
…and I had to have it. This one was a little more dressy and went nicely with skirt-and-top outfits.
Then a few days later sis and I were shopping in Nags Head and I found these hats:
The black one is particularly spiffy.
And then while fishing on Avon Pier I found this hat:
(“Highway 12: One Road In, One Road Out” – the history of Hatteras Island in an nutshell.)
All of a sudden, in a weeks time, I had gone from zero-hats-ever to the owner (and wearer) of five hats.
The hat-bug had bitten!
Then when we got home I found these at the Dollar Store…
…and then this one on sale at Macy’s…
…and then just the other day my husband’s aunt gave me this one – what a bright and cheerful color!
Don’t ask what got me started on hats. I’m just glad it happened.
The thought didn’t enter my mind while we were on vacation, but I have a feeling these hats may come in handy post-surgery.
But more than that, I love how they make people smile. I’ve had so many strangers come up to me, beaming, saying “I LOVE your hat!!” They brighten peoples’ day… and that brightens mine. More than reason enough.