Sarah and I are celebrating
National Hat Day 2023!
If you are of a certain age, you will recall that there was a time when no one left their homes without a hat. It was the proper way to meet a new day.
Good News! Hats are making a comeback!
Hats come with unique personalities. Some possess elegance and sophistication while others are jazzy, spirited, and feisty.
Think of Andrey Hepburn’s black Chapeau du Martin in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). Faye Dunaway’s signature beret in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Diane Keaton’s big-brimmed bowler in “Annie Hall” (1977).
Over the decades hats have made a slow descent from their peak in the late 1920’s. The usual explanation for the decline is associated with the introduction of public transit and cars. These vehicles offered protection against inclement weather patterns. Hats were no longer required to keep people warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Join Sarah and me as we recite Sara Teasdale’s poem “Moonlight.”
It will not hurt me when I am old, A running tide where moonlight burned Will not sting me like silver snakes; The years will make me sad and cold, It is the happy heart that breaks. The heart asks more than life can give, When that is learned, then all is learned; The waves break fold on jewelled fold, But beauty itself is fugitive, It will not hurt me when I am old. This poem is in the public domain.
Moonlight is a short lyrical poem that uses various literary devices to depict the sorrows of a troubled youth. It expresses a feeling of resignation in the face of grievous feelings caused by betrayal in friendship and love. The poem is a short one with a poignant appeal. It speaks of the knowledge that the “heart asks more than life can give” and that “beauty itself is fugitive”. It also speaks of the understanding and wisdom one obtains with age, which enables one to see life and its ways in true colours.
Celebrate National Hat Day on January 15th by wearing your favorite hat and telling the story behind it. Invite friends to join you in wearing their favorite hats and telling stories or challenge them to make their own hats. Give away hats to those who need them, or those who would appreciate the sentiment. Learn the history of different hats and share photos and videos of your hat collection on social media with the hashtag #NationalHatDay. National Hat Day is a fun and whimsical way to celebrate and enjoy.