When I saw this hat on Etsy, I thought, “That’s adorable!” There's something appealingly whimsical about this hat. I love the tiny daffodils, sunflowers, and daisies against green, like a summer meadow. This hat makes me think of warm days, a hammock, lemonade. Flying a kite.
Over the last year and a half, we’ve all been living with extra stress—sometimes a low-grade, constant background hum, sometimes a loud cacophony. So a hat that brings an air of fun and relaxation appealed to me. I dropped a hint and my wonderful husband gave it to me for my birthday. The hat is even easy to wear—I pinned it in place and forgot I was wearing it.
As I was sitting on the bench for these photos, a cat visited. Though I was petting the cat, he seemed more interested in my shoe.
Maybe that's because the magician on the shoe is changing the playing cards to fish!
Perhaps cats, like people, also enjoy a bit of whimsical fun.
(Note: the painting depicted on the shoe is by surrealist painter Michael Cheval. To see the full painting, click here).
Ann Hillesland writes fiction and nonfiction and collects hats. In this blog she vows to wear (not just model, but wear out of the house) every one of her hats, blogging about their histories and their meanings for her.