One of the traditions I fondly remember from my childhood was getting a complete ensemble for Easter each year, including the pretty dress, matching hat, white gloves, and white patent leather shoes. I have enjoyed dressing up with hats ever since. For a brief period, too quick to recall when exactly, hats made a comeback in my teen years. I don't mean baseball caps which always seem to be in season, nor do I mean the floppy wide-brimmed hat that is a prerequisite for being outdoors in sunny Florida, but the fancy, lady-like hats of bygone eras -- the kind we sometimes see older ladies wear to church. There is an elegance and gentility to these hats that I long for in this "modern" era.
As women, we wear many "hats" each day. We may be moms, wives, sisters, daughters, employees, bosses, etc. As a homemaker, I often wear a chef's hat while cooking, the bargain hunter's hat while clipping coupons from Sunday's paper, the vet tech's hat while cleaning my cocker spaniel's floppy ears, the disciplinarian's hat while teaching my toddler not to pull the dog's floppy ears (nor his stubby tail), the maid's hat while cleaning up after the toddler, dog and husband, etc. Sometimes we have so many hats we are trying to keep up with on a daily basis that we can have an identity crisis or two.
Maybe that's why I yearn for an opportunity to play dress up, don an elegant hat and feel like Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. How about you? Which hat are you wearing today?