The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 September 2005

Warding off excessive seriousness

Declares Sue Ellen Cooper, Queen Mother of the Red Hat Society:

The Red Hat Society began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and elan. We believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, and since we are all in it together, we might as well join red-gloved hands and go for the gusto together. Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next.

There are RHS chapters all over the place, including the Dazzling Sophisticats and the Sun Kissed Natural Divas.

And the Society is apparently big enough nowadays to have its own credit card, so I have to assume that their message is being heard.

Brendan Gill once said that "Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious," which supports the idea of God as Comic Genius. Works for me.

Posted at 8:02 AM to Entirely Too Cool


We've got a Red Hat Society in eastern Idaho, though to refer to these woman as "middle age" would be deliriously optomistic or a nightmarish Hitchcockian screenplay, depending on how you look at it.

Posted by: R. Alex at 9:00 AM on 26 September 2005

Well, I say "Hat's Off" to the women who give us younger women something fun to look forward to. When I grow up, I'll be a red hat woman and we'll laugh together into the sunset.

Posted by: Jan at 12:25 PM on 26 September 2005

With all their tea parties, travel, and shopping, it's amazing that they also found the time to put together a Linux distribution too... ;)

Posted by: hatless in hattiesburg at 2:14 PM on 26 September 2005