When my husband accepted his first job abroad I was thrown for a loop – I had never been out of the country and didn’t even have a passport. But I decided that it was an opportunity worth giving a chance and so I did what was necessary to make it happen. Part of that was going shopping and one of the things I bought was a sun hat because we were moving to the desert and all explorers have a sun hat after all. I quite clearly remember that I got my hat at JCPenney and paid about $30 in 1999 which was a bit of a splurge for us at the time but it was crushable straw.
That may have been the best $30 I ever spent.
I still have that hat and have since worn it all over the place – some of them pre-digital camera even! Here I am wearing my hat in India:
And then in Thailand:
And again in Oman:
I also wore it in Cambodia, where it not only protected me from the sun but also from sudden deluges of bat pee inside Ankor Wat temple:
And of course I wore the hat all over Egypt:
But just because I’m not abroad anymore doesn’t mean I’m not still using my hat. I wore it to a soccer tournament last weekend – much to my daughter’s dismay – and my son decorated it for me:
I think I got my money’s worth – and it is still going strong!