Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sue's Corner

Most of us women could be said to be “all about heart,” don’t you think? February offers us a double opportunity to express our heartfelt love for others. It boasts two special days involving hearts, both represented by Red Hatters’ favorite color (for hats, anyway) – red!

Friday, February 6, was the “Go Red for Women” day. The American Heart Association urged all of us to wear red. (As a matter of fact, the AHA has even asked that women with newborns to put red hats on them too, so people will ask about it.) It’s a good bet that everyone who wears a lot of red is guaranteed to get a lot of attention. This presented us with a unique opportunity to help educate people about heart disease in women. According to the AHA, woeful ignorance abounds among us individuals of the fair sex regarding our chances of having a heart attack and even when we experience symptoms we may wait too long to seek help - because the signs are different in women than in men. If you haven't had a chance to review the information on the "Go Red" website, please do so today. You may save a life!

We were thrilled to see that many Hatters did participate in this special day, and they shared their pictures with us. Here are just a few of the photos we have received. We will feature a full write-up in the upcoming issue of Red Hatter Matters using all of the images that were shared on National Wear Red Day.


You don’t need me to remind you that Valentine’s Day is coming. Visit any store and you will be inundated by images of hearts and flowers – and Cupid. Those of us with significant others may receive romantic sentiments and/or gifts, which is always very nice. Many Hatters will miss that experience, for various reasons.

But we shouldn’t overlook the fact that Valentine’s Day offers all of us an excellent opportunity to celebrate our female friendships, many of which we have made through Red Hatting, in some special ways. Around Hatquarters we are pleased to observe “GALentine’s Day.” Why not make the effort to let your special girlfriends know that they are valuable to you, perhaps enumerating the qualities you most admire in them? Some of the Fabulous Founders Chapterettes have been known to send each other cute little valentines, and some of us may well do it again this year. Who among us wouldn’t have to grin if we opened such a greeting?

If you are inspired to throw a Valentine’s party for your Chapter, there are entire websites devoted to putting on such an event, featuring recipes for hors d’oeuvres and drinks, games, etc. One even suggests a viewing of “Thelma and Louise,” which could actually be a ton of fun.

Candy from a girlfriend tastes every bit as good as candy from a husband or boyfriend, by the way.
Roses are generally considered expressions of romance, but – in the symbolism of flowers – certain other flowers have meanings entirely appropriate for sending to friends. For instance, Peruvian Lilies (commonly found just about everywhere) are considered tokens of friendship and devotion; sunflowers symbolize warmth and happiness. Dark purple or blue irises are particularly appropriate for sending to Hatters: they symbolize royalty!
Remember too that the color red, to the Chinese, stands for happiness. Whip up a little happiness this month!

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