While I was out and about today, I tuned into a portion of a broadcast on NPR in which they were discussing the wearing of hats. The commentator kept asking folks if they’d be wearing a hat to church on Sunday … an Easter hat if you will. His guest said if you wanted to see serious hats, you should go to an African-American church where the women really dress up and wear fantastic hats. She likened the view from the back of the church to that of a garden. I agree with her assessment. What mystifies me is where they buy those wonderful hats. I never see them in any of the stores where I shop.
I like to wear hats and frequently do wear them to church on Sunday. Years ago we had an elderly lady at church who always wore a hat. You could count on her being there in an attractive hat every week. Then she became a shut-in and I decided someone — namely, me — should keep her tradition going. I don’t always wear a hat but more Sundays than not, you’ll find me in one of my hats. I have a basic wardrobe of felt hats for winter and straw ones for summer. But none of my hats are the wonderful creations you’d see at an African-American church.
Listening to that program made me think about what hat I’m going to wear Sunday. I have some of my birthday money left. Maybe I should go buy a new one? But I don’t know what outfit I’m going to wear and the money won’t stretch to cover the purchase of both an outfit and a hat. The weather is supposed to be on the chilly side and I’m not inclined to want to wear a spring outfit anyway if it means shivering. So I think I’ll wear a newer black suit which is a transitional weight fabric and one of my nice black straw hats. I just finished knitting a scarf in the geranium colorway of Patons SWS which will dress up the suit and be my “new clothes” for Easter.