Put a Little Love on Your Head

This is me (and my lover) in my winter plumage (his cap is not too bad, either!). Just as some birds freshen their image in anticipation of Spring, adding vibrant colours to their appearance, I take a similar approach to celebrate Winter, bundling up in my trusty and timeless rainbow cap. In fact, if we have ever crossed paths at any point from a squally day in November to a warm-ish day in March, I have almost definitely been sporting a colourful head.

I should begin by explaining the curious life story of the rainbow chapeau. My sister in law and mariner, Cathy sailed to the northern reaches of Canada about six years ago. She met an Inuit lady there and bought the brightly coloured cap from her. We later found out that it was made in Nepal. What good vibes live in that cap....I sometimes imagine two calm, enlightened women, Nepalese and Inuit, walking around with me.

The rainbow cap does boast a number of interesting advantages. Of course, when I wear it, I feel like I’m shouting, to the top of my lungs, my belief that love makes the world go round and you should love whoever you want. Second, it’s colourful and quirky and for anyone who loves splashes of orange, blue, red, yellow and green, it spreads a bit of happiness. And finally, and very importantly, it keeps me warm. Remember what your mother said….heat escapes from your head. Old wives tale or not, but a balmy head is some nice on a day when you’re cold!

Yet, I feel alone in my wearing that cap. There’s a scarf and mittens that accompany it, a whole gleeful collection. Yet, scarves and mittens seem to have maintained some sense of necessity and honour in the fickle world of Winter attire. They’re accepted like the ketchup and mustard of the condiments world, with sweet, tangy relish lingering on the sidelines, waiting for someone to sing its praises.

I realize that not everyone feels comfortable in a cap. You might feel that they are too snug on your head and make you feel trapped! You might be someone who can’t stand the heat and the cap simply overwhelms your body temperature! Or simply and understandably, you might feel that it cramps your style! So for all of you non cap wearers, no judgement! But…….

As you step outside the warmth of your car or wait for the bus or run a mile, wouldn’t you feel so much better if your head was happy? We are talking about your head, the part of your body that houses one of your primary operating systems. Not wearing a cap would be like driving your car without a bonnet…how would your motor feel?

Take a moment to think of the last time you wore one and how happy you felt? You might have been a child, out sliding and bundled up in a boatload of warm clothes or you could have inhabited your teenager years, waiting for the bus and half froze to death but styling and profiling with your Ship Harbour flip hairstyle! Either way, you might be able to recall that feeling of being comfortable, even in the cold.

Again, no pressure. Wear what you like. You’ll probably look better than me with your nice hair all intact. Rest assured, I’ll be in my Winter plumage for another few months. If you see me without that rainbow cap on, I have been kidnapped and replaced by a CIA operative with poor research skills.

On this late January evening as a bold blizzard approaches and we move forward to meet our frosty friend February and our hopeful friend, March; as a new leader takes his place in our neighbouring country, a leader who would so benefit from wearing a rainbow cap, I will offer you this classic poem, Desiderata, which, like the cap, offers some great life lessons.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

And if you can, strive to be warm, too!

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