has anyone ever given you the clothes off their back?


Ok, maybe not their clothes, but what about a hat?

I met one of the neatest gals tonight. Yrene is the mom of a younger friend of mine, Jael. (Her mom is basically my age. And while many of you don’t know how old I am, you can do the fuzzy math and figure it out.) My friend and her family are originally from the Dominican Republic, and have lived in New York City for ages. (Her family still lives in NYC.) The reason the demographics are important to this tale is because her mom’s English isn’t as fluent as she would like it to be, so she can be (I guess) a bit shy around people she doesn’t know. Well, I didn’t see that problem! (And I don’t understand more than uno, does, tres in Spanish.) And I’ll admit to only understanding about 80% of what she said—we’d all get talking and laughing and before you knew it we were all a bit lost as to what we were talking about it. All good fun around the dinner table. Strangers can be the best dinner companions, although not strangers any more! 🙂

So that’s the back story. Yrene (just like “Irene”) was (emphasis on was) wearing this great hat today. When we arrived at the restaurant, I told her “awesome hat!” (I mean it really was a cool looking hat!) The seven of us are eating dinner, laughing, talking, joking with each other, picking on Jael and her brother Gabriel. And at some point during the meal Yrene tells me the hat is mine, and I’m like “no”…cause she’s kidding. Right? Who gives you something just because you say you like it?

Yrene does. Before walking out of the restaurant, she positioned the hat on my head and said “it’s yours” (or something to that effect). “No no no,” I said, “you can’t give me your hat!”

I think Yrene is a woman who doesn’t take “no” as an answer.

I just love my new hat.



About Barb Kellogg

I'm a people, pet and nature photographer who loves great bokeh, dark chocolate, and a good cup of tea.


  1. Marcia

    It’s all nice…the hat….the story…the feel good feeling… 🙂 Very nice.

  2. I’ve lived with her most of my life and then had her on the phone every day I haven’t lived home. That woman does not take no for an answer. She’s totally enchanted with you and alissa and wants us all to go visit in nyc when we can.

    That hat looks awesome on you!!

  3. Barb, sounds like you had a blast at that super! I love reading your story and to learn about “the behind the scene”. Many people have great talent, but don’t know how to market their creation. I’m happy the lady find a nice person like you to share her art. Great hat! 😎

  4. Cute!
    Who made the photo…you? Self portrait?

    • Me. And for some reason it was a difficult self portrait because I needed to include the hat so people could see some of the details of it. Not a good photo, but hopefully people are reading this blog on their smartphones and can’t tell how fuzzy it is.

  5. Christie

    Yrene sounds like a GREAT lady. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
    …And enjoy your NEW hat!!!

  6. Becca Simonsen

    Love. And what a great story to share…thank you Barb.

  7. That is so cool! Something similar happened to us after we met some friends in Lima, Peru. We were out to dinner with some gals we had met a couple of days before, and one of the ladies had a really cool scarf. She said that her mom had made it for her. Then, at the end of the dinner, she gave it to my Mom. We were all so amazed by the beauty of the gift. This world is full of wonderful people. Enjoyed your story!

    • What a cool user name! I wanted to take a peak at your blog, but it’s private. But that’s ok. Thank you SO much for reading and commenting! I did have a great evening, and of course the hat was too good of a story to not be a blog post. And how great to read that there are more people out there like Yrene. 🙂

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