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QUERIES -posed by Sheila
How many different kinds hats have you worn in your
life? When I started writing that question I was
thinking of the bonnets, baseball caps, and other
types of physical hats we wear. As I was finished
I recalled there are also the metaphorical hats,
as the ones in the expressions on the "hats
we wear." I've worn more different ones of
those in my life, than actual hats.
What memories do these hats bring up for you? If
you wear them now, do they act as "cover ups"
for anything other than your hair and head.
Do different hats evoke different emotions for you,
or have they in the past? Just thinking of a few
of mine has my body assume different positions and
puts me in a role playing mode. Have fun with this.
#1 - ARMY HAT
"Since you bring up hats, my story was revived
by Toby [wife] who had me speak at her book group
on the book The Things They Carried, about the
Vietnam War. So since I'm out, here goes.
I was issued a regular army hat when I got my
uniform and although it was battered by the time
I landed in Vietnam I was determined to hang onto
it. My feeling was, 'if the hat makes it, I'll
At one point I lost it in the back of a truck
and had to get permission from my captain to go
to the car pool to check forty trucks before finding
it. Many times I was stopped by officers on the
base and told to get a new hat. I never did!
Just like your mother's hat, mine sits in my closet
untouched and uncared for but is no worse off."
#2 - A HAT PERSON IN LONDON
"had a brown one knitted by nanna, and I
was under 5 and thought it odd,quirky if I had
known that word. It was square and had pom poms
and I loved the pom pom even tho they seemed luxurious
and unecessary..so sad to think that as an infant.
The next hat I recall was a pale blonde straw
one I bought in Guernsey age 11. Then we move
on to school hats..we had to wear a black velour
one in winter and a white straw boater in summer.
I looked nice in both,,,but never graduated to
beret as some of the older girls displeased the
head by wearing them pinned on to the back of
their head so we all had to keep wearing velours
and boaters, tho mine seemed to get lost somehow
and by the time I was 15 I was wearing mine turned
down like jeff beck when I went to matlock bath
for the day.
I had flowery bridesmaid head-dresses, and wonder
when the next significant hat event was..college,
where I had big pink hats to go with my hippy
I knitted myself a rainbow hat and of course now
I have my Himalaya hat...and cannot part with
my Peruvian Bowler I had a few years back and
the rainbow Peruvian hat too.
I like to wear hats..oh yes, I had a violet one
with a feather tucked into the turned back brow..looked
must have had more of course..glad to think of
myself as a bit of a hat person" ZANNIE
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