After a spring and summer of hard work as a faithful protector from the sun (and we had a lot of sun this summer), it's time to retire ye old straw hat. It's been a difficult decision because I just love this hat. I like the shape and the wide brim. Best of all, I loved the fact that it didn't give me hat hair. It shaded my head and face without making that sweat line around my forehead, smashing my bangs down. Because of its larger size, I could put my hair up with a clip and it fit well over that. It was the perfect hat for me. Some folk told me I looked like a bee keeper.
Now, the sun and probably the heat of my car where it spent a lot of time, did it in. It started disintegrating and just kept going to the point where the brim had a very large hole in it and started to droop. I wore it to the end though, often provoking many smirks from colleagues. I finally came to the realization that it had served its purpose and, being that fall was approaching where warmer hats would be in order, decided to give it up.
Being the big re-purposer that I am, and since it's made from natural materials such as straw and cotton, I decided to put it to good use. I could have simply thrown it in the compost pile or garbage, but instead I figure it would make an excellent fire starter for the wood stove. So, in it went; ashes to ashes, dust to dust. It was almost like putting down a pet.
Now to find another one just like it.
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