I wore the hat to church yesterday ... everyone assumed I was inspired by the royal wedding. It wasn't the Brits, it was my fellow southern belles in Atlanta (see previous post). Our scantuary seats something like 1800 people - and I was the only person in the room in a hat.
Rick did not walk five steps behind me, though he did make me sit towards the back, at the edge of the room in an aisle seat on the end by the wall. He was worried people couldn't see over my hat. I obeyed, but I'm only 5'2" ... maybe 5'4" with the hat on.
I told him as we filed out of the sanctuary after the service that I wondered if he might walk behind me, embarrassed by my head wear. At the time he was holding my hand royal wedding style. Remember how Will held Kate's hand going down the aisle to exit the church? With arms bent at a right angle? You have seen it like four times already, right?
Well, once I told Rick I suspected the hat might embarrass him he flexed his large bicep muscle on the arm holding mine and said, "Baby, no body's looking at your hat." This is the same guy that came dancing towards me the other night, stopped, and said, "You might want to fix that because I just busted a move."
Yeah, he's man enough to be my man.
I can affirm that if you wear a hat to church or anywhere others do not, you will be looked at. And stopped as people comment on it or ask you about it. By men and women alike. Even by the guy taking up the offering. And your pastor may or may not laugh hard when he sees you in it. Mine did. But that's because he knows me well enough to know this was a departure for me and for our contemporary church.
So here is my T.J. Maxx special in all it's glory. Whaddya think? Fashion fabu or fashion faux paux? Would you wear it?
My prediction is hat sales go up in the U.S. this week and that lots of moms wear hats to church this Sunday for Mother's Day. Not because of me - although I'm doing my part to stimulate the haberdashery economy - but because of the royal wedding.
Let me know if that prediction rings true at your church this Sunday - or if you bravely decide to make it so yourself.