The Hat

I got it for him the Christmas before? After? we got married. It was $15 at H&M.

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It was an afterthought. A random thing I picked up so he’d have one more gift to open under the tree.

His grandpa used to wear hats like this. He looked up to his grandpa. I figured he’d like it. I didn’t figure he’d still be wearing it 8-9ish years later.

 

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2008, I was pregnant with Kendall

I think he really latched onto it when Kendall was born.

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newborn Kendall

It became more like a part of him than an accessory. As fatherhood grew on him, so did the hat.

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Kendall, 5 months

And now, it’s just always there. It’s not always on his head, but it’s always around, close enough to grab when he walks out the door.

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It’s filthy and it’s got stretch marks. It’s cheap and could use replacing.

But there isn’t really a good replacement for it. His children will surely remember it.

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Some people say I should make him take it off more. Like that’s my place? It’s his identity. It’s his hat. It’s his head.

He’s strikingly handsome without it.

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He’s just the same with it. I don’t notice it anymore.

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It just is. It’s just him.

And that is the incredibly ordinary story of “the hat.”

  • Lindsay - I feel like I could have written this post about my own husband! Except, his hat was a baseball cap that fell to shreds last year. Nothing has come close to replacing it.ReplyCancel

  • Betty Becca - Otis James can make a custom one for you! Great story!ReplyCancel

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