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Editor's Letter

At the recent Hats in Bloom Luncheon, I kept hearing how great everyone looked and how much fun it was to wear hats. More than one person said, “We should wear hats more often.” I agree. There was a time when no well dressed lady would have been seen without a hat, but these days for most people, hats are more the exception than the rule. A beautiful hat completes a stunning outfit and dresses up a simple one. Hats make people smile, and we can all use more of those. Let’s bring back hats.

This got me thinking about other things that need to be dusted off and brought back. Notes, for one. When was the last time you sent or received a handwritten note? I received two of them recently. It felt really good opening a piece of mail that wasn’t from someone wanting something.

Both of these happened to be thank you notes, but notes are good for many occasions: encouragement, sympathy, congratulations and just checking in. Notes can be short--just a few sentences will do. Your penmanship wouldn’t win a prize? The recipient won’t care. One writer apologized to me for not having thanked me sooner. Truly, this is one time when late is better than never. There’s no expiration date on note writing.

And how about the golden rule? This has come up in conversation a few times recently. Sometimes it seems as though the rule we learned as children has been replaced by “Do unto others whatever you can get away with doing.” As I walked past Union Ave Books a few days ago, a poster that said “Be Nice” caught my eye. Can we bring back “niceness” and treating others as we would want to be treated?

Small things can have a big impact.

Buy yourself some note cards and pretty stamps and surprise a friend with a handwritten note. Brighten someone’s day with a kind act or nice words. And don’t forget to get that pretty hat out of the closet and wear it.


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