In the words of David Attenborough, “Have you noticed this unexplained and rather odd phenomenon taking over the world?”
As for me, I’ve been part of it for so long that I haven’t really given much thought to how odd it may seem.
To the some who are clearly uninitiated in the art of the multipurpose accessory.
Up or down. Back or forward. Day and night. Always at the ready.
Then he had to spoil it all and ask something that no-one else had put to me before.
“Why? Why do you do that? It’s just bizarre. Are the paparazzi a problem for you or don’t you have pockets?”
“Maybe”, I said a little defensively, looking around to see if anyone was staring at me like some kind of photochromatic freak show.
“I just do…..because... it gives me a tactical advantage to….well I'm sure it might if I was a Secret Service Agent."
Maybe it’s just an optical illusion. Besides, what’s the harm?
They are practical, useful, functional and pretty stylish if I do say so myself.
And so very comfortable that I forget they are there.
But as I look around at others, I start to think that maybe it is a little odd. Perhaps even ridiculous.
I glance in the mirror behind. Mmmm. Perhaps he has a point. Is that a Mickey Mouse tiara reflecting back at me.
It is a restaurant after all. And the night sky is black outside. Maybe it is all shades of wrong for this kind of adornment.
So I quickly slip them off and tuck them away in my handbag. An unfamiliar resting place.
My hair falls on my face and I annoyingly push the untethered strands away.
Am I the only one besides the Hollywood elite and the Vogue fashionistas wearing this misunderstood habit?
Sometimes I misplace them and search frantically for minutes.
Only to discover that they have been perched in their resting place all along.
They are just always there. Waiting to see the light of day or night. Sunny and overcast. Raining and snowing.
Hiding a multitude of sins, protecting me from cruel light and the occasional flying object and insult.
Fashion, function, habit? I am not really sure. I just really, really like wearing a UV protecting tiara on my crown.
So, do you wear sunglasses on the top of your head?
The beautiful art of Danny Roberts. You can see more of his work on my Inspiration blog.