Of Hats and Letters

This post is split up into two parts: the first is a personal story; the second is the blog post inspired by it. Enjoy!

The first thing I noticed about him was his hat.

It wasn’t the style, really, that snagged my attention. It was an ordinary ivy cap, the flat-paneled topper initially made famous in the British Isles. Nothing extraordinary about it—there’s a nearly identical one sitting on