Sometime the significance of things strikes suddenly and unexpectedly and in a way you wouldn't quite have guessed. This evening I was doing laundry and running a load of jackets that required a gentle cycle. Since it had been maybe a year since I washed my hat and the gentle cycle would be not too much more trying than the usual hand washing I threw it with the jackets.
When I pulled it out after the wash cycle I was so struck by its different appearance that I exclaimed my surprise to the empty laundry room. Like I said, usually it's hand washed when it seems to be getting dingy but it has never come out this clean! Okay, so I have an unusually clean hat. Why is this worth the writing?