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I had planned to publish this post last week, but when news broke of Robin Williams' death, it somehow didn't seem very appropriate.

It's weird how the death of someone you don't actually know, can personally affect you. Like so many of us, I grew up watching Robin and howling with laughter at his unique brand of comedic genius.

How sad that he should be so gifted at bringing joy and laughter to others, but was unable to find peace for himself. The world really is a less jolly place without him in it.

This is one of those times when I truly hope there is a hereafter and that Robin is up there, kicking it up with the angels and making them laugh their halos off!

RIP Robin Williams

Life is short. Wear your hat! 

Life is short. Wear your hat! www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Everyone has that thing.

That thing they adore but never use, do or wear because it doesn't "feel right", or because it's being saved for a "special occasion".

A beautiful piece of china or your best crystal.

That canteen of cutlery from your wedding.

A gorgeous, yet daring dress that you feel utterly fabulous in, but that you haven't quite plucked up the courage to wear out.

The perfect Jimmy Choos you're afraid to wear, in case you scuff them.

A convertible, whose lid never gets lowered unless the sun is shining.

Your hat.

Were you raised to 'save it for best'?

Yeah, me too.

"Wear your old clothes, you'll ruin those!"

"You can't go out in that, you'll catch a death!" (A euphemism for "you look like a tramp.")

"No, dear, you can't wear that, it's for best!"

When I was growing up, one of our neighbours even had a "best" room. I clearly remember how it housed all of the family's most treasured possessions and how it was cleaned to within an inch of its life. That room was strictly off-limits to anyone under the age of... well, old.

Kinda reminds me of hats!

I love hats. I think they look great on me.

Every time someone gets married, I joke about how I'm gonna buy a hat. I may even try some on, for the craic, but I never wear one.

Well... unless it's a formal wedding and every lady's sporting headwear, or you're an important member of the wedding party, it's just not the done thing anymore, is it?

See what I mean?

Last summer, I went as far as to actually buy a hat.

It was nothing special, just a casual straw trilby from Sainsbury's, but I loved it.

Did I wear that hat?


The time was never quite right. I wasn't on holiday, or at the beach and I never found myself in hat-wearing company.

Then summer ended.

"Something else you've bought and never worn", sighed Beloved through gritted teeth as, unworn and unloved, my trilby disappeared into the dark recesses of the loft.

This year, I swore it would be different.

"I am going to wear my hat!" I declared. "Life's too short!"

And I did.

Even though I wasn't on holiday...

Or at the beach...

Or even in hat-wearing company...

And I loved it.

And it felt good.

If the passing of Robin Williams has taught us anything, it's that life really IS too short.

Wear your hat people! WEAR YOUR HAT!

A hui hou,


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  • Guest
    Nichola Sargeant Tuesday, 19 August 2014

    Really enjoy reading your blogs. Thank you for sharing them. X

  • Suzy Homemaker
    Suzy Homemaker Tuesday, 19 August 2014

    Thanks so much, Nichola. I'm so pleased you enjoy them

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