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—
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!