author of this book, Sue Ellen Cooper is the founder and Queen
Mother of The Red Hat Society. When Sue had a friend who was
about to turn 50 year's old, she would give them a red hat.
This soon became her signature gift. When she and her friends
went out for tea they would wear a red hat and something
purple. At the beginning of the book, it gives a "Warning" -
"When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, with a red hat which
doesn't go…" It was here that the first chapter of the Red Hat
Society was born. Can you believe that now there are over
three hundred thousand Red Hatters across the USA and Canada and
even around the world?
What are the rules of the Red Hat
Society? No rules. That's right - none!
purpose is to encourage woman to have fun and support each
other. They claim it is a great outlet for widows, anyone with
health problems or people under stressful incidents such as caring
for the elderly.
This is such a funny book. I was not
aware that there was a Red Hat Society but I will be sure to keep my
eyes open for anyone wearing purple with a red hat! The book
is filled with anecdotes from members. It also contains
several little quotes from famous people and some are also
anonymous. The one I liked is "Five States of Female Life"
1. To grow up
2. To fill
3. To slim down
4. To hold it in
5. To hell with it
Doesn't that sound
familiar? The author and founder of this group has done a
great job of showing people that life does begin at fifty!
After reading this book, I'm sure many will look into the Red Hat
Society. It proves that we do not have to take life so
seriously all the time!
REVIEWED BY NANCY
DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, NANCY