Good morning and Happy Easter to all. It has been such a journey for me with blogging. I have been able to learn so much along the way. I hope that you, my readers are learning and enjoying right along with me. I have been able to take many journeys back in time, have thought provoking moments and the desire to research them. Please feel free to make comments when you see fit. I love hearing back from you as well. It gives encouragement and direction for me as well. I also like getting to know my readers.
Well, onto today's blog. In my Easter bonnet...well that certainly brings back memories. I can still see some of my favorite hats from days of old. From the cute, frilly ones as a child to one of my favorites which was a pink cloche type hat. It matched a pink tweed suit that I wore when I was about 12. It was, of course, my Easter outfit.
I remember how exciting it was to see all the beautiful hats worn by the ladies and girls at Easter. As I grew up and married, I continued that tradition with my girls...although hats by that point in time became rare for women of my age to wear. My mother-in-law though always wore a hat on every single Sunday when she went to church. Now that she has passed away, I have her hat hanging in my spare bedroom.
I now belong to a society called the Red Hats. I now own at least 50 or so hats, all in red. I love wearing the hats. There are various types from the most elegant and wide brimmed to fun and whimsical. I have to say, that when I and the ladies are out on an event....we draw so much attention....now granted...the colors of red and purple would draw almost anyones attention, but it seems that the hats are admired by almost all. Men have come up to men and commented on how nice it is to see the hats on the ladies. Young children have stood and pointed at us and I even remember one time at Navy Pier in Chicago, a young girl kept staring at us in our spenderous head gear and I asked if she would like to try one on. Her eyes grew as big as saucers as simaltaeously she shook her head yes. We asked her to pose as we snapped photos of her. For one of our events, I had a fashion show of vintage hats, taking us back in time to the way that hats were made and decorated. A real education. To learn of Millenaries no longer a part of our culture. The song about the Easter Bonnet was such a sweet song of days gone by. The Easter Parade...no longer something done...at least not in the larger cities and if they do have a parade of hats...they are more of a show of large and often times bizarre instead of the sleek and demure and just purely elegant hats. I miss those days of hats and hat pins. I am so glad that at least I am able to don a hat these days when I go out with the red hats. I also wear many styles of hats when I perform as a story teller...today, I will wear my Easter Bonnet....with bunny ears and loads of frills as I entertain the elderly at the Assisted Living....and I am POSITIVE that there will plenty of comments about it.