Sunday, September 18, 2011
The lost art of raising your hat
I am JUST old enough to remember the days when gentlemen raised their hat to ladies. It was a thoroughly commendable mark of respect, a respect that seems much less in evidence these days.
Men still do wear hats: Usually big straw hats to keep the sun off. But for some reason those hats are never raised.
I do however have an old-style grey felt hat that in my view makes me look like a 1930s gangster. So I do sometimes wear it for fun.
The other day I was walking along the street and saw a man ahead from me who was also wearing an old-style hat. He was also wearing a suit so may have been a property valuer or someone else a bit grand.
As I passed him I said: "Another man with a hat", and raised my hat to him. He was greatly pleased, wished me all the best and so on.
So such a small mark of respect can be very pleasing. How sad that we mostly seem to have lost it.