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Sunday, 8 September 2013

The Proddable Son

Chris came home for a surprise visit on Thursday.  When he arrived, I went out into the hall to greet him and was almost brought to tears by the fact that he wasn't wearing a hat.

Chris is a trucker. For years, he has worn a baseball cap...outside, inside, rain, snow, sun, Christmas, Easter, birthdays, and I have tried not to be annoying about my wish that he'd give it up.  I really have nothing against people wearing hats, although baseball caps aren't my favourite.  Actually, I don't mean a baseball hat, I mean a hat like a baseball cap, with a logo, usually truck-related.  This is a photo of him, with Phoebe, last summer.  It was a very typical picture, down to the socks and cigarette pack.

On that visit I may well have foregone my usual, not-very-subtle suggestion that he needn't wear a hat, but probably not, even though I know that his primary reason for that long-ago choice was because his hair was getting thin on top.  Where was my compassion you say?  I really believed that he would look just fine.

Anyway, his arrival with a bare head was such a surprise, and such a delight, that I'm sure I wasn't subtle in mentioning it, with both my hands on his beard, yelling, "oh my God, you're not wearing a hat!"   He just gave me a "what a silly mummy"look and calmly told me he hasn't worn a hat for a couple of months, and we went in the house---both of us looking bemused.

And, unbelievably, hat or not, no one took any pictures, that day or the next day when we had a roast beef and yorkshire pudding dinner with as many of the family as could be there.  Irony becomes me, though.


4 comments:

  1. As I have written in the past, the baseball cap thing rather bemuses me. I am sure your wishes had something to do with his change in attire. As to the thinning ... well, none of us wish for it, but we can lie with it.

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  2. My husband always wears a ball cap with his favorite hockey teams' logo on it. In fact, he has a huge box of them and gets new ones as they come out. It's his "thing."

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  3. The hat thing isn't always a hair thing, either. My ex is getting very bald so you never see him without his cap, whether indoors or out; my current has a headful of thick hair and doesn't go out of the house without his cap unless he's not going to work. I don't like wearing hats but do so now to keep the sun off my head and/or out of my eyes when working outside or walking. The minute I'm in the shade, off it comes.

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  4. LOL I'm glad you got sometime with him!!!!!

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