My husband and I returned home very late Halloween night from nearly two weeks on vacation on the island of Kauai. I did zero blogging (my last post was written before I left), interacted very little on social media and in emails, and everything I read was either a menu or a guide book. It was paradise! And quite wonderful to get off the grid for a bit.
|A beautiful and fragrant Plumeria flower|
While I was away, I turned 45. Distracted by warm, velvety sand, aqua blue waves, and heady Mai Tais while the trade winds blew my tangled, beachy hair around, I didn’t really care. I was – and am – just happy to be alive and healthy.
Once home, I got caught up with all the heart-breaking Sandy stories. Jill of Everything Just So, my friend and “How I Wear My” partner for the last thirteen months, lives in New York. Even though it was technically my turn to host the HIWM participants this month, she graciously agreed to host again while I was away. Little did we know at that time that Sandy was coming. Jill still put together a wonderful post for today’s “How I Wear My: Hat” even during this trying, uncertain and very sad time for her and her entire region. Thank you, Jill. I’m so glad you and your family are safe.
Now for the hat portion of today’s post. I packed an ecru-colored floppy hat was easy to fold up and throw in the suitcase and beach bag and it covered my face sufficiently from the Hawaiian sun.
My mother-in-law bought it for me at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota not long before she passed away in 2010. We visited the hotel’s gift shop where they had many hats and wigs for sale, presumably for visiting patients. When I tried it on, she insisted on buying it for me and I am so glad she did.
There is nothing remarkable about the hat itself. It’s not a designer hat or anything, not expensive and rather simple. In fact, there is nothing very interesting about it. But it holds fond memories for me and I’ll never part with it. Wearing it was like having her there with me at the beach, soaking in the sun and smelling the salt in the tropical breezes. Oh, how I wish that could really be.
Please take a moment and check out Jill and the other participants in their hats on Jill’s blog.
We would love for you to join us for the last roundup of the year for “How I Wear My: Plaid.” It will help you get in the holiday mood and plaid is just plain fun! Send a picture to either of us by December 3, 2012.