For years, I had a favorite hat. It was an Indiana Jones style that was good for winter, spring and fall, waterproof for rain, and heavy felt so it was warm.
When I was teaching, I wore it every day. Parents and kids told me they could identify me anywhere in town because of the distinctive silhouette of the hat.
Then, in 2019, I lost it. On vacation in Seattle, I left it in a taxi cab. Gone, gone, gone. Now what?
For months, I was too sad about it to think about replacing it. That winter came and went and I wore wooly hats and my new Hufflepuff scarf.
For the next summer I got a wonderful straw hat. But still no replacement.
And then the other at Artifact, a fabulous second hand shop down on Division, I found it! Second hand and on sale, I fell in love with it. It fit, it was close enough to my old one but just different enough to be ‘new’, and the price was right.
I love my new hat!