The Hats

Trying on hats by cackhanded/flickr
Trying on hats by cackhanded/flickr

We are introduced to the hats at a young age. There is the best manners one, the endearing child, and the disciplined student. We learn to wear the hats to please others. Some times we wear them to get what we want or to just fit in. Later in life we try on the temptress, the rebel, and the athlete. We decide which hats we are willing to put on and which won't fit no matter how hard tug at them. As we mature we acquire the intellectual, the successful, the good Christian, the super mom, the understanding wife and the martyr. We go on like this through life until our rack is piled high and some hats forgotten, lay on the floor. Finally we reach an age where we take each hat and turn it over in our hands. They are too small and too obvious and too silly. No longer will we pretend to be. No longer will we conform. We will just be ourselves. Naked.

So here I am naked. Elbows on the table, irreverent and procrastinating. Lackluster, yielding and tired. Forgetful, complacent, spiritual ten times over but that old Christian hat can not contain me. Just Mom, understanding my own shortcomings. Hey what do you know, this Martyr hat still fits!

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Patti 7 years ago

Complicated emotions/relationships simply put. I like it!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Hey Patricia! Oh, I have so many hats (literally,) having been fond of the fedora and Irish Walking caps and cowboy hats when I was younger. Very few remain, and I seldom wear them. I occasionally wear the humble sports cap, not even those not so much. Turning this into the figurative "hat wearing" was a great twist and a pleasant surprise! Very nice, once again! Thanks!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Patti, thanks for reading. I'm glad you like it.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Chris, I seldom wear real hats, my heads too small. I wish I didn't wear the figurative one's quite as much as I do. Maybe by the time I'm ninety I'll be hatless. I'm glad it surprised you.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I wear a hard hat at all times. I hope some day to take it off, and let my head feel the sunshine.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Golden Boy, I hope when you do the sun both literally and figuratively shines on you.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Oh I have worn many hats in my day too. Including GT's hardhat, boy was I glad to finally get rid of it. They were still aluminum when I wore mine. I have many left but favor my blue plaid drivers hat when out and about. I also wear my baseball hats if I'm working in the yard.

Fine hub with great writing


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks C.C., I'd like to see you in your drivers hat.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

It was on me in the last avatar


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

I can't bring the picture back to mind.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

I'll put it back soon, or maybe on another hub. thanks I like your avatar too and the blue cowboy hat i saw you in recently, you look hot in that


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks CC! That's my tequila 'drinking hat, one of only two hats I own.


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Well it's really cute on you. Guess where I saw it. I know you can.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Its only in one place, unless you've been in my closet.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I've never taken to hats, figuratively and literally. thanks for sharing this nice analogy :D


C. C. Riter 7 years ago

How'd you know I was in your closet? I love that picture up there, cute


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Cris good for you if you can always be true to your authentic self, I'm jealous.

CC next time remember to turn my light off!


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sixtyorso 7 years ago from South Africa

Nice analogy. Almost a blank verse poem. I am only into figurative hats. I don't like hats or caps much. If the hat fits wear it I guess! great hub.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks sixtyorso. A lot of my stuff falls short of poetry, not sure what to call it.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Hey, check your email.  Sent you an importan messgae.

PS:  I LOVE hats! ... and no, I have no balding issues.  I look really good (or so I've been told) in top hats exactly like the one pictured on this hub. But, I don't own one - yet.


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I appreciate hats and when Princess Diana was alive she inspired me to become a hat person, I admit I have a few in my collection and where them with pizzazz!!! Thumbs up!!!:)


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

AEvans, thanks for the thumbs up. I love hats on others... I see you've put yours back on!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Yes everyone wanted me back , I hope that I did not sound vane as I am not vane at all, so I hope it wasn't brash as I am definitely not like that. :(

Patricia you would look good in hats, go hang out on the weekend and just try them on, it is a lot of fun. :)


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

My heads too small, they usually look like that girl at the top!


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agvulpes 7 years ago from Australia

G'day Patricia , just dropped in after reading your interview with CR.

You went soft on him, he must have softened you with his charm. :-)

We seem to all have a Martyr hat don't we ? but have you tried the Aussie Akubra.? I am definitly becoming a fan of yours.


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks for dropping in agvulpes. An Aussie Akubra? Might have to google that now.

I went soft on Chris? What would be a hard hitting question?


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Lgali 7 years ago

good hub for summer time


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Lgali, the literal ones, I assume you mean.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

I feel so left out here I adore hats but I have never had one or worn one,the only thing that comes close is my big floppy beach hat, which I no longer can find. Some women look so awesome in hats, I just always felt a bit strange wearing them.


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Constant Walker 7 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

Hey, Just finished you music list hub!


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Blonde, I'm not mush of a hat wearer either.  This hub is about the other hats we put on to please other people.  You are blessed if you don't mess with those either!

 

Constant I'm aaaaallllll over it! 


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Did I miss something?! A Hat, what's that? A funky junky hat.

I can't believe BP didn't mentioned about being naked from reading this hub? LOL


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Really May? Did this little ol' hub make blonde drop her drawers?


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

LOL, I wouldn't be suprise.


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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Reminds me of the Randy Newman Song, "You Can Leave Your Hat On"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNGgvpjtq0w


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Patricia Costanzo 7 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

I think that song was in 9 1/2 Weeks, wasn't it? I'll go look and see if its the one I'm thinking of.


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Great hub, having three sons and me, we have had hundreds of hats. My wife even cut the patches off one of my son's old hats and used tthem in making a special one of a kind quilt.

Robert Ballard


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Niteriter 6 years ago from Canada

I don't know much about hats. I have just this one which I shoplifted from a linen store in a small northern California town a few days ago.


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Patricia Costanzo 6 years ago from Behind the Redwood Curtain Author

Thanks for stopping by Robert! I did a quilt like that with clothes from my whole family once.

Niteriter put it back immediately! Nice to meet you.

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