Day 304: At The Drop Of A Hat

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I wanted to buy this hat last week, but I had no place to wear it!

“The only place a new hat can be carried into with safety is a church, for there is plenty of room there.” Leigh Hunt

I love hats and wish for an occasion when we can all wear one.  I’m not referring to cowboy hats or bandanas, but to those beautiful, sophisticated, romantic-looking hats.

I loved watching the royal wedding for that very reason.  Everyone was supposed to wear a hat.  Those who didn’t wear one missed a grand opportunity to enjoy a touch of nostalgia, and were criticized severely for their poor manners.

Artists have immortalized time periods when hats were popular. From Renoir’s Le Moulin de la Galette to Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, hats speak for themselves in the area of romance.  If you don’t believe it, watch where your eyes go when you look at one of these masterpieces.

Here are a few ways that we can wear different hats:

1. Take on an unusual job and enjoy a change of pace.  Sometimes, we open ourselves to new experiences by wearing a new hat.  Trying out a new job or saying yes and volunteering for something a little out of our comfort zone can be invigorating.  If you find yourself getting stuck in a rut, say yes to an unusual opportunity and see what happens.

2. Dress the part of someone you’ve always wondered about.  With it being Halloween, we have a free ticket to walk around as someone we may have only dreamed about before.  Maybe, you’d like to pretend you’re Michael Jackson and play around with some dance moves or drop back in time as one of the popular philosophers.  Whatever you’ve wanted to try out, use the night as a fun way to do get into character.

3. Volunteer to help on a set.  I’ve never had so much fun as when I’ve helped and worked on and off the stage.  A few weeks ago at a teacher’s conference, I met a teacher who was just getting started working backstage.  We shared excitement with each other as we compared dramas and musicals we’ve been involved with.  If you want to grow younger in a matter of a few weeks, there’s some sort of fountain of youth that bubbles backstage when a great show is coming together.  All kinds of hats are acceptable with this group.

If you could step back into a time period where hats were fashionable, which time period would you choose?

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