In defense of things that are 'old hat'

In defense of things that are 'old hat'

As spring looms, I will have a pair of decisions to make: When should I put my old tweed hat up on the shelf? and Will I really want it, looking like this, when the weather turns cold again?

I don’t know when I’ll put it up on the shelf, but I know I’ll take it down again.

The older my hat gets — and it’s about half as old as the century — the less I like the derisive expression “old hat.” Things that are “old hat” are out of fashion, misshapen, worn out or just plain ugly.

My old hat, on the other hand, is comfortable, durable, and classic. It’s still usable, like few of my other clothes of its age. I’ve worn out at least one coat since I got this hat, and the hat gets soaked through only about once every year and a half — a feat here in Chicago.

So let’s not be so hasty! If an old hat has been around awhile, it’s durable, lasting, special and well-used. Maybe it’s even comforting and protective of its owner.

So might we describe the views, or even the person, of those we’re tempted to call “old hat.”

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  • I learned something today. I thought old hat was like, I love to sew, making a pillowcase is old hat to me.
    I thought it was like easy, I know it well.
    I will watch myself.
    I think new and modern can be over rated. We need to value what is tried and true. (Or comfy and servicable.)

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Thanks, Kathy. I like the easy and well-known usages and I'll add them to my own. I'm with you -- especially since I'm sitting here in a certain aging piece of headgear.

  • Ha, ha, well-said! Great post.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Thank you very much.

  • "The older my hat gets -- and it's about half as old as the century " That means it is approximately 7-8 years old. Now if it were half of the 20th century....

  • In reply to jack:

    You passed the arithmetic quiz, Jack. Well done.

  • Some do not wear old hats at all
    In summer, winter, spring or fall
    Some feel old hats are out of date
    And so won't put them on their pate.
    I on the other hand if cold
    Will wear them whether new or old.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Look out, Dr. Seuss -- there's a new "hat poet" in town! Thanks.

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