I was sitting in my truck at a stop light, when across the street from me were a gaggle of women, all dressed in the brightest RED hats that I had ever seen! If that wasn't enough, they also had on bright PURPLE shawls, coats, sweaters or other purple tops to compliment the outfit.
It was so startling, that the women actually stopped traffic and many car horns later, people woke up and proceeded ahead. I figured that they were part of a singing group and this was their costume.
Then, that same day, I was at a nursery, buying plants, when one of my friends there asked me if I'd ever heard about the "Red Hat Society". (At the time, I didn't make the link between what I'd seen earlier) I said "No", and my friend, Rose, then told me that she had just joined a local chapter and was really excited about going.
This led to me going On-line and finding their site:
Apparently, it is a phenomenon that is "Sweeping the Nation". Who knew???
The premise began with that poem that's been kicking around for years, by Jenny Joseph, entitled WARNING!
" When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple. "
Long story, short: I did a search by zip code for a local membership and lucked out, by finding one in Chicago that had just formed, meaning that EVERYONE was new, and to top it off, it's Trans-gender, open to Les/Bi and Drag Queens!
The first meeting is tonight, where we all get together, with our Red Hats and food, for fun and camaraderie.
I'm pretty excited about going, because when you're self-employed and the boss, you don't get a chance to hang out with your employees. Plus, I only work with men, so some female companionship is sorely missing in my life.
Is there anyone else HERE who is a member?