Thursday, April 03, 2008

My Winter Hat

So… Now that most of the snow is gone and the sun actually shines hot, I suppose that it is time for me to put away my winter hat. Now this is no ordinary winter hat; it is a hat the fits well and feels good… No, it actually feels great. It’s not the type of hat that holds to your head snug making you feel like your hair is plastered down on your head or rips hair from your scalp. It is a hat that sits comfortably on your head, goes down on your ears and stays there with just the right tension.

It is also a very ugly hat! At least that is what most people tell me. Now, being the age that I am, other people’s comments do not bother me. All I know and all I care about is that my hat is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most comfortable hat around. As a matter of fact, it is also the piece of clothing I have owned longer than anything else I have worn. Forty years longer for that matter!

This hat is not one you would wear for styling. There is no real shape to it other than it fits my head shape to a “T.” My parents bought it for me while I was a young lad in Quebec, Canada. Back then and up there, the winter weather was brutal. A number of years later, after dad moved us to Ontario, Canada, I wore this winter hat during the bitter cold long distance runs we used to do during cross country training throughout the winter.

Nowadays, since I don’t wear hats too often, I don’t get the opportunity to wear hats as much but I still make sure that I don’t lose it though, during the times where I am unable to find it, I swear that someone in my family has hidden it or stolen it. I have a number of other hats but have no desire to wear them. Most of them have been gifts in hopes I would pitch out the old and welcome the new…No such luck!

This past winter, with the amount of snow we have received, I have spent many a warm time with it while shoveling the sidewalks. Last week, I had plans to put it away for the season but when I decided to get my hair buzzed, I needed to keep my head warm when the temperature dipped a little bit the other day. The way I figure it, it should be put into hibernation by the time the warm spring weather rolls around into the weekend. There will be no pomp or ceremony, just put away quietly until the blizzards of next winter come whistling through the neighbourhood.

18 comments:

Janice Thomson said...

While it may not win a beauty contest, its yours, its serviceable and you really like it - what more needs to be said. I think we all own a piece of clothing we are very comfortable with that others think we should get rid of. I have a big old baggy sweater that keeps me warm in winter - it's nearly as old as your hat. Just try hiding that on me! LOL

monsoon-dreams said...

wow!a good trubute to your dear old hat:-) i bet even the most expensive and fitting hat wont give u the comfort this one gives,because it carries a lot of memories,isnt it?

David Kim said...

That's an awesome hat!

It never gets cold enough for me to wear a hat in L.A. Sometimes I wear a hat during the summer to protect my head and face from the heat when I'm hiking.

Tai said...

Old hats. Old comfy warm clothes...so vital!

abbagirl74 said...

I would love to see a picture of you wearing the hat!

Josie said...

That's a GREAT hat...! I have a warm winter toque as well, and I have had it for 27 years. It's wool and it's warm, and I think I look quite sexy in it. I wear it with big gold hoop earrings, and even though the hat really is as ugly as blazes, it keeps me warm.

geewits said...

I second Abba. I'd like to see a picture.

Josie Two Shoes said...

A 40-year old hat... wow! It's definitely a keeper, just like an old friend. When it finally gets to worn out to wear anymore, you should frame it for your wall! :-)

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

Comfort wins over beauty, every time!

beachgirl said...

I think it's a fine hat.

My baseball caps all have sweat stains on them. I still wear them and have no desire to wash them in the dish washer. Go figure. I like how they fit my head just the way they are.

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

Dave,

Sounds like me and my comforter. I am stuck in it all winter and although I am like a heater (must be the indian in me)I keep it under my new quilt just for company. It is like an old friend saying hello.

Just love stories like this Dave, thank you.

Soft love,
T

Sandy said...

Cheers to the hat!!

sandy

Wanda said...

I wish you would post a picture of you in that cool winter hat, before it goes into the closet!!

Some old comfortable winter clothes are hard to stop wearing!!

:)

alexander said...

Interesting post. A nice hat in my opinion. Keep it well Dave, you will need it again. :)

Have a great weekend!

Alexander
Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

Akelamalu said...

A 40 year hat? Do you wash it before you put it away or are you scurrred it might disintegrate?

If the hat (cap) fits, wear it! :)

Cheryl said...

I'd say that's the perfect hat for you and how fortunate you are to have it and all the memories.

I have a big ole head of curly hair and no hat looks good on me. It's a good thing our winters are usually mild!

Julie at Virtual Nexus said...

Dave I had to laugh; I guess that one will have come round in fashion a few times over the years. You definitely have to post a pic of you in it....

Bruno LoGreco said...

I see more than a hat. I see a story that started 40 years ago that has a lot of memories. Some people take pictures, others wear hats.