Saturday, 5 June 2010

My Rasta Cap

Photo Copyright: Maggie May

Last Sunday, I went to Church in a grey cap, spotted with tiny black polka dots. People seemed to either love it or hate it. The people who liked it, said that it looked like a fashion hat and they felt it suited me and made me look well. Thankfully the people who didn't like it, didn't remark about it anyway, so maybe there weren't any people there who didn't like it after all.
Because I wore the grey cap last week, I was recently given this cap in the photo by a friend at church, who bought it on impulse and maybe didn't have the nerve to wear it. She has similar colour taste to me, so she knew that I would like it.
In reality, the colours are stronger than the photo gives credit for, but Harry took the photo and this was his fifth attempt and he was getting a bit fed up with trying, so I decided to use it.
I have worn the hat ever since J gave it to me. My daughter said that it was *really me* and my son calls it my *lovely Rasta hat*.
Millie the youngest granddaughter asked me why I was wearing a funny hat, so maybe she is telling the truth and everyone else is flattering me. Children of six years old most often tell things the way they are.

Anyway, ever since having chemo, I have got used to people staring at me and I have got a bit hardened to this and take no notice, although at one time I would have been very embarrassed to be stared at or to wear anything unusual. Chemo has made me be able to look people in the eye and walk tall, so some good has come of it.
Anyway, I like the hat and have no problems whatsoever going out in it. If I get chatting to people, I usually tell them I am recovering from chemo and they seem pleased that I am feeling better.
So far people haven't said to me, "Oh I do/don't like your hat." Rather, they have said,"You look exceptionally well."

Some people are asking me via email how Ash the black bunny is getting on. He is really fine and I am taking him out of the cage and handling him several times a day. He is not so jumpy and skittish now. He lets me take him out and snuggle him against me and I am trying to get him to sit quietly on my lap to be stroked. He seems to be allowing me to do this for longer periods of time. Suddenly he will have enough of that and he tries to leap off my knee. I have to be careful that he doesn't end up with a broken bone. So far I have been quicker than him and I let him be the judge of how long he tolerates the stroking and cuddling. He is in charge of that.
I love him to bits.
Harry, who was never going to let a rabbit darken his doorstep let alone be housed in the dining room, suggested we go to a large animal centre yesterday morning, to look at rabbit toys!!!!!!
We bought Ash a tinkly ball that he tosses about his cage, and a reed mat to sit on and some wooden toys on a chain to chew on.
I have heard Harry say *hello* to Ash on several occasions when the rabbit is out of his sleeping quarters and he says things to me quite excitedly, like, "Ash is all stretched out at the end of the cage, really relaxed." So I guess he is secretly making friends with him. How about that.

Footnote: If there are any Rastafarians reading this, please note that I am not making fun of your hats. I love this one. It is just that my fair skin and lack of dreadlocks or hair of any kind, makes mine seem a little unusual for me.

37 comments:

Jeni said...

I'm not one for wearing hats and was really happy when the fashionistas determined that it wasn't necessary to wear them to church any more. But I have to say I like the colors of this hat very much and in your situation I think it's quite fitting. If I had lost my hair during my chemo it might have changed my mind a bit about wearing hats again but thankfully, I didn't have to cross that bridge.

Twain12 said...

i like the hat and think the colors are wonderful. Funny how the people that never want a pet end up being the most taken by said pet LOL

Brenda said...

Seeing this hat makes me miss wearing hats, although I am sure you are looking forward to the day when you no longer have to wear them. I also miss the way it kind of marked me, like a badge of courage. Now if I see someone wearing a hat and appears to have no hair, I have to restrain myself, I want to talk to them and tell them everything.

Good for you for wearing funky hats. Since you can't style your hair, you can mix it up with hat.

Mickle in NZ said...

I really like the cap - fun colours without being gaudy. And I smiled when I read about Harry and Ash - your little fur-baby is winning hearts.

Sending care and huggles, Michelle and the super-sized purrball.

RNSANE said...

Fabulous colors and I would be in eyeshadow heaven matching it. Your bunny tales are hysterical. I had one once that lived about five years and grew to weigh over 20 pounds!

chaniagirl said...

Oh, Maggie, I love you. Love you, love the hat, love Harry and Ash the bunny. Thank you for the way you share about your life here and how it always makes me smile. I feel like I'm sitting down to tea with you whenever I show up. Keep on rockin' that Rasta hat, lady! Peace out.

Nora said...

Your Rasta hat is wonderful, Maggie. I was prepared fo anything, but this will do quite nicely. I think you're very daring for wearing it out and about. Good for you, is all I can say. Let your true spirit show.

So Ash has won Harry's heart. Leave it to a cute little animal to do that. Ash is more than up to it. Harry will be petting it soon and wanting it to sit on his lap. He may have to get his own rabbit and a bigger hutch.

Hugs!

Nora said...

Your Rasta hat is wonderful, Maggie. I was prepared fo anything, but this will do quite nicely. I think you're very daring for wearing it out and about. Good for you, is all I can say. Let your true spirit show.

So Ash has won Harry's heart. Leave it to a cute little animal to do that. Ash is more than up to it. Harry will be petting it soon and wanting it to sit on his lap. He may have to get his own rabbit and a bigger hutch.

Hugs!

Retiredandcrazy said...

That is a great hat Maggie. Nothing like a bit of colour to cheer you up.

Valleys Mam said...

Morning Maggie -great hat
Sometimes we need colour in our lives to show we are alive. I gave a friend who was recovering from several sessions of chemo a sort of Egyptian beaded creation I had.It was sparkly and colourful and a bit like a Cleopatra wig style. She loved it and wore it until her hair came back.She loved the looks and the comments. Its now been framed and is hanging up in her hall !!!!

slommler said...

First of all, I love your new hat. The colors are fabulous!!!
Second of all, I love Ash to bits too! You must show us more pictures of this bundle of joy!
Hugs
SueAnn

Akelamalu said...

Your new hat looks great and good for you wearing it! You're right to stand tall and ignore rude people who stare - you've been through a lot and come out the other side. x

Eternally Distracted said...

I think the hat is fabulous and if you like it you should wear it proudly... it is also a fact that never a truer word comes out of the mouths of babes! :0)

Rose said...

I like your new hat, Maggie; to me, it says to the world, "I'm doing fine, thank you very much!"

The story of Harry warming up to Ash is so sweet. Ash sounds like such a sweetie, and he's obviously captured Harry's heart as well.

Hilary said...

I love the colours in your hat but even more so, I love that you have been able to find and enjoy the good that has come out of your difficult experience. And I so knew that Harry and Ash would bond. :)

jinksy said...

That's definitely my kind of hat - colours and all. I think I'm taking on a greenish tinge of envy even as I look at it! LOL :)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

I actually like your hat, the colours are lovely and vibrant.

There are some terribly ignorant people out there; don't they know it's rude to stare, or am I classed as "old fashioned" these days?

Lovely post, Maggie. Take care.

CJ xx

Celia said...

I love your hat and admire how you taking care of yourself. The colors are yummy.

Eddie Bluelights said...

I take my hat off to you. LOL
I LOVE it, Maggie, it is really cool and suits you. I love the colours.

Reminds me somehow when I was at school and we had to wear school caps. We had to 'touch our hats' to ladies we passed in the street and if we got found out we did not we got four strokes of the cane on our bottoms!!

Have not been over for a while because we are up to our necks with home decorations/renovations!! One thing leads to another!! LOL
I must come over soon to see your bunny. Must pop over to your post about it.
Love Eddie X

Mimi said...

It's a lovely, colourful hat, and it serves a purpose- to keep you warm!
What's not to like?
Ignore the starers, they need to get a life!

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

That hat is something else. Just the ticket for being loud and proud and showing the world what a positive person you are. Loved the story about yer wee rabbit - aw he looks just cuddly! There's no doubt you will all bring a lot of loe into each others lives. X

Claire said...

I think your hat is beautiful, and I loved reading about Ash the bunny.
:)

Preseli Mags said...

Hi Maggie, I came to your blog via Crystal Jigsaw. I love the hat too! Best wishes, (from another) Maggie.

aims said...

Maggie - you sound so much better! I am delighted for you!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Maggie, dear friend!! I ADORE THE HAT!!! So fun...so bold...tres chic! And really speaks optimism and courage...I'm so happy...And great to hear about Ash...so glad he's settling into your household so well! You are recovering with as much class as you exhibited throughout your ordeal...I so admire you...and love you, too! ~Janine XOXO

Brian Miller said...

i am digging the rasta cap...love all the color...nice about the bunny...smiling about buying him toys...

Suburbia said...

I must have missed the rabbit post, but am so pleased Harry is taking to it!

Great hat, wear it always and I will recognise you in the street?!

You do sounds so much better, I am pleased :)

Moannie said...

That is one fantastic hat, Maggie and, like all your friends here love your attitude. Can't believe that ANYONE would have the nerve to tell you they didn't like it. How dare they?

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Your hat looks fabulous Maggie. Enjoy wearing it and if anyone stares it's probably because they would like one. You certainly sound bright and cheerful so why not look it as well.

So, you have an addition to the family, good to hear you are all getting along.

Reasons said...

You cool dude you. xx

Mimi said...

Maggie, me again!
Just want to let you know that I’ve moved my blog, so to visit, just click on the link with this comment. Sorry for the bother, the story is on the blog, hope to see you soon!

Mimi said...

I swear I'm not a stalker, but I forgot to tell you that our rabbit used to love plum tree leaves, he'd come running like the wind if he saw me near the plum tree, knowing that I'd pull a few for him.
So, if you know anyone with a plum tree...

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh! I love the hat. It is colorful and fun. Very bright and becoming.

I am glad you are standing tall and looking people in the eye. You are a beautiful person.

I am glad Ash is adjusting. So excited for you sweet Miss Maggie May!

Marguerite said...

Very cool hat! Love those colors, too. So happy that you're feeling good and that Harry likes the bunny! Blessings, Marguerite

ladyfi said...

Love the way the hat captures the joy of the rainbow!

Iota said...

Caps are definitely the way to go! I bet you look fab.

moondustwriter said...

wear that hat proudly woman
with what you are going through you need to take pleasure in the simple and even silly things
bless you as you go through this valley