Which Hat am I Wearing?

While my son is at the Y playing basketball, I’m trying to figure out which hat I’ve got on.  You know, out of the closet full of hats I’ve got: designer (I do design work for a company that creates and sells items for preschoolers), Mom (well he’s at the Y and Sara’s away in college, so I can set that hat on the back of my head for a few minutes), wife (okay, Ron’s out of town), writer — blogging counts.  Also performer, speaker, artist, daughter, friend.  My friend hat may have been slipping lately.  I may have lost one along the way due to all the hat switching.

When you’ve only got one head (and that’s all I’ve seen in the mirror) you have to make choices.  Mostly my friends understand.  My parents have been patient.  My employer doesn’t want to hear about it.  I pick and choose.  Lay some things aside,  pick others up.  But my Mom hat, though occasionally pushed back from my forehead, is never hung up.  No matter what else I am, I’m always Mom.  Even if it’s long distance with my girls or with one ear tuned to hear my son’s key in the door.

The pictures at the top are some of my functional art pieces  (Yeah, every now and then I get in the studio to create.)  The first one, “6 impossible things before breakfast” is a mirror I made after reading this fun quote from “Alice in Wonderland”

I can’t believe that!” said Alice.
“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

The chair in the second picture is the first in a series of 4.  I call it “goddess I, the mother”  It’s one of my favorites.


7 thoughts on “Which Hat am I Wearing?

  1. Love this blog!!!! A-Men!!!! Is it just women that find this or do the men in our lives also face this daily? I look at my husband and there he is wearing the same darn hat without a stress in the world….I am not saying males have it easy , but why am I the one doing relationship maintenance all day? And yes our friends are the first to say its alright…….Girl power

    I love my turtle floor cloth you did. .LOVE IT!!!!!!


  2. this is true. we must never take our “mom hat” off. even if we aren’t wearing it, because we forgot to put it back on occassionally (mama brain), they know it’s there. it kinda resembles a “halo”.

    aw, your chair, that is just lovely.

  3. Thanks for commenting. Gail, nice to hear from you! So glad you’re enjoying the turtle floor cloth! I recently did a painting inspired by the piece I did for you. I’ll post a picture when I find the time. I’m glad you like my chair, Lisa. It was the first in the series. I’ve finished an angel chair as well. No time lately for painting. Sigh… But maybe once the other projects are caught up….

  4. …your hat definitely resembles a halo. (The Mom hat in particular). Sometimes curly and fuzzy, but ALWAYS halo-esque. And your many hats inspire me to work towards and try out as many hats as I can. With the size of our heads… we have to mix and match; )

  5. I love this blog. I can identify so well. Since I have added Grandma Hat to my other hats my time seems to be so limited. I miss one of my friends so much! I quote her often and wish for some time with her! I’m so thankful for you. You help me to see myself.

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