Originally published on November 27, 2015, on one of my old blogs.
Awhile back, I blogged about a hat I used to have, one that “I owned for years, and got a great deal of use and enjoyment out of.It was a blue felt shapeable hat….very shapeable. And I shaped it in every possible way. I also liked to use different accessories on my hat. Sometimes it would be one of several pins I had. Sometimes it would be a scarf, with the ends tied into a bow.
I had that hat for more than ten years, not unlike the hat Miss Opal wore in Lenora Mattingly Weber’s Beany and the Beckoning Road.
“Her black hat had seen years of service. It was only the flowers, Beany realized, which blossomed anew on it every spring. This spring Miss Opal had chosen pink, yellow, and blue daisies.”
Well, after I read that, is it any wonder that I began to miss my hat, which also saw “years of service,” more than I did before? Is it any wonder that I decided it was time to get a replacement?
So I sent for this hat, which was described as “shapeable”.
It turned out to be a vivid disappointment. The less said about it, the better!
A few months later, I found a hat more like the one I had lost.
Yes, I ordered it.
From a later post, written after the hat arrived:
The hat fits perfectly, is very comfortable, and looks great. I’m going to keep the brim rolled up, instead of fooling around with re-shaping.
I’ve accessorized my hat with one of those self-adhesive applique sunflowers I bought several months ago.
Update: I had this hat for five years, until I went to the hospital.
Was it necessary for me to buy the hat?
No, and I realized that before I placed my order.
Every now and then it is good to make a completely frivolous purchase… provided, of course, that it is something you can afford, and something you really want.