January 15th was national hat day, and in following with the western theme we have going on while at the National Western Stock Show I wanted to share with you a post written by Courtenay DeHoff. She is a TV personality and speaker, as well as an agriculture and animal science activist due to growing up on a ranch.
"On this national hat day, I’ve been thinking a lot about the cowboy hat. You see, a cowboy hat does far more than shield your face from the sun and elements. A cowboy hat is sort of sacred. It’s the defining staple of western culture and represents a long history of silent heroes. Because of this a cowboy hat must always be handled and worn with the upmost of care. A cowboy hat must never be laid flat on the brim, it must always be taken off in church and you must never ever lay it on the bed. You never touch another man or woman’s hat and next to your horse, you treasure it most. A cowboy hat is the quickest way to spot inauthenticity. Hollywood, western sports fans and the fashion industry rarely get it right. But it’s not their fault. Maybe we haven’t done a good enough job explaining that a cowboy hat solely defines an entire culture and it must be handled as such. When you put that hat on your head think of it this way - Japan has the Samuri, Europe the Viking and America the Cowboy. Wear it proudly and wear it with respect. If you don’t have one, go out and get one! As cowboys and cowgirls we’re honored to have you wear it."
Wear your hats proudly and with your head held high!
Lots of love,
Dr. Kelly and Dr. Kari