What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

– Dad’s hats

on December 26, 2014

Our uncle, Dad’s brother Jim, enjoys shopping for bargains. Even more, he loves sharing them. Over the last few years, Jim sent my parents several “care packages” of clothes he thought Dad might be able to use. Along with shirts and sweaters, each contained a hat (or three, or five).

Dad settled on two which he found comfortable and warm. Except when he had to go to a hospital, I suppose he wore one or the other every day of the last few years of his life. He even slept in them. They were nearly as worn out as his body at the end, and I felt a great upwelling of gratitude and bittersweet regret when they went in a wastebasket.

On his closet shelf were several spares. With yet more gratitude for the care they represent, to Opportunity House they go.

cat in the hats

cat in the hats

shedding style: give away
destination: Opportunity House

Comments welcome … is it possible that our consumerist economy is dwarfed by an economy of giving and gratitude?


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