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“Q” is for Queen of my Red Hat Group!

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Hands Down! The most fun thing I have ever done has been to serve as the Queen of my Red Hat Group, The Royal Red Divas, for ten years! Queen! Queen! Queen! I never thought of myself as the Queenly type or even a Princess, in my childhood I was the cowboy!  But I learned quickly that being the Queen was fun!  We learned to PLAY–to play dress up, to play games, to play with the rules! The poem of our Society says it all–“Warning by Jenny Joseph—

                                  Warning

Red Hatters kicking up some fun!When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
 I retired last year, and the Divas honored me with  an awesome party!  I’m still a part of the group, just not the Queen, now I’m the “Dowager Queen”!  My pins say “Founding Queen ” and “Retired Queen”, take  your pick!  We have the most wonderful new Queen, Angie Rowe! 
You might know of, or even belong to the International Society of Red Hatters.  If not,  you may not know how much fun they are! You can start your own chapter and be the Queen, or look around and join one near you! It doesn’t matter how old you are either. If you are 50 and above, you wear a red hat and a purple outfit, reversing colors on your birthday!  If you are under 50, awaiting “reduation”, no matter how young, you are called a pink hatter, and you wear pink and lavender!  You can go to the website, redhatsociety.com and find a chapter near you. if you are in a group, please let me know in the comments. It’s always great to meet other red hatters!

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

9 thoughts on ““Q” is for Queen of my Red Hat Group!

  1. Sounds like so much fun! Thanks for the link too. I’ve always heard about this group, but never knew exactly what it was all about!

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  2. Sounds like fun! Can’t wait to get where I’m going and join something fun like this!

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  3. Oh Christa, you would probably love something like this! Move here! LOL

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  4. Lauren darling, this was made for you, LOL –a chance to get out and just play!

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  5. I love to play! You know me so well. 🙂

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  6. Love it! Learn to spit! haha – always wondered about this red hat society!

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  7. I’ve been wondering about you being a “red hatter” – I hoped it would come out in a post and you’ve not let me down! Love the story and no doubt you made a fabulous queen.

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  8. Thank you Debs, and just wait until tomorrow’s post for R! Of course I’ll talk more aobut our group! Had to sae some! You are so precious! Thanks for the support, the sharing, and the friendship!

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  9. Oh Judi, sometimes we’ve even had water melon seed spitting contests! Just to practice the art of course! LOL Sometimes we recite the poem “Warning”, and at the end, we all turn to the right, hopefully, and say loudly, “Patooey!” LOL Just silliness! Thanks for joining in! Helen

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