There exists somewhere a photograph showing a very young child who grew up to be me wearing a red and white striped sleeping cap; my daughters later used it on their dolls so I must have been quite small. Anothre baby picture shows me wearing a blue ballcap. I have loved headgear of all types all of my life.
I have 30-40 baseball style caps at home. They used to be the primary souvenirs I would seek out on any given trip, I have at least three from a trip to Alaska. I own ‘been there’ caps in many colors so I could always color-coordinate. Sadly, all these caps now mostly gather dust.
A year or two ago a growth above my eye turned out to NOT be cancerous, but I realized that hikling and kayaking meant I needed a change in sartorial style: I needed a hat with a brim. Not being afraid to experiment I tried many kinds but I finally settled on a “Tilley’, that is, the hat I had wanted all along. My Tilley T4 is the one at the top of this blog, pictured on the top of Estes Cone in Colorado.
Recently I purchased another Tilley for winter wear and it arrived with our first snowstorm. Matched with my black coat I look very formal for a town where wearing shoes is considered ‘over-dressing’ but what the heck, I enjoy being different and at least this ‘different’ goes along with my taste for fountain pens in a world full of Bics and jet skis.