I found a road hat! What is a road hat, you may be asking? Well, it is simply as stated--a hat found in the road. My love of the road hat started many years ago when I found a a great red baseball cap in a gas station parking lot. It advertised some fishing boat company that I had never heard of. I picked up that dirty hat, took it home and washed it a couple of time and there it was, the perfect hat. It was beat up, broken in, and it fit perfectly. That hat was a favorite of mine for years until I gifted it to a friend who was equally fond of that hat. I figured it had come into my life as an unexpected gift and should be re-gifted to pass on the joy.
Since then I always keep my eyes open for a good road hat. In the last 20 years I think I have found three or four road hats and a lake hat. None of the road hats after the first one were salvagable or didn't fit right. The lake hat was fished out of Lake of the Ozarks. It was a nice hat but too small. It went to my brother in law Wade and I think he may still have it to this day.
We as luck would have it, I found another road hat this week. Joanne and I were driving home from lunch with her folks when I spoted it in the middle of the road. It had been snowing and the roads were a bit soupy but I can spot a road hat at 100 yards, regardless of the conditions. So I slammed on the brakes, whipped a 180 and pulled my door up along side the road hat. Of course I was aware of traffic but my quick stop adn u-turn had turned everything in the backseat topsy-turvey including Joanne's watercolor supplies. But I was able to fish the hat off of the road and into the car without wrecking.
It was nasty--filthy wet and clearly run over a few times. But I did not despair--It was a road hat! I took it home and carried my prize inside and immediately into the washing machine. I filled it with soapy water and bleach and let it sit for a couple of hours. Then I washed it and my mom put it in front of the fire to dry. Of course I had to grab it from the hearth in a hurry. The secret to a good road hat is to let it dry on your head. That way it shapes just right. So I wore a wet hat around for a couple of hours and can now say...
The road hat turned out perfectly! It is sparkly clean although still obviously "broken in." And it fits like a dream. I now have a new favorite hat. I especially like the tire tread pattern across the brim. Awesome. Long live the road hat! And to whoever it is that lost this hat, I am sorry for you and hope that you find a good and suitable replacement.
Joanne is loving her watercolors class. She went with her mom and dad this week and everyone had a nice time including a lovely lunch at La Baguette (favorite French restaurant) afterwards.
Emma missed a couple days of school this week with a head cold. This kid never gets sick, adn when she does she never misses school. So when she said she needed to stay home I knew she was really feeling poorly. She seems to have recovered and is back int he swing of things.
Audrey got a killer haircut this week. She had grown it out for months and finally got tired of it and just wanted it gone. So we went to the local barbershop (not a "Salon") and got it cut. The girl is so beautiful that even with very, very short hair she is still a stunner. Her facial features are to die for so the short hair just accentuates her beauty.
My mom and dad are refinishing the downstairs bathroom in a 24 hour dash. There were a few things in there that needed replacing so they jumped in with both feet. This is the bathroom tat our family uses so we are getting a new toilet, vanity, cabinets and flooring. Should be very nice!
Joanne's folks are back from a long visit to the lovely state of Arizona with some friends. THey had a nice time including a visit to the Barret-Jackson car show/auction There were over 1300 cars there! They had some erratic weather but I think they got some warmth for at least part of their time there.
Me? I'm just thankful for my road hat.
P.S. I thought of all kinds of deep adn meaningful metephors for the road hat and what it might all mean, but I didn't want to push it. You can come up with your own meaningful application for the road hat strory!