Thank you for sharing all of this wonderful information Courtney Hall Lee and your story.
I have always loved the church hats. They are absolutely gorgeous, made more so by the Queens who wear them.
Head coverings have been a source of comfort for me as well. I practice a form of Folk Catholicism and at certain times, wearing a pañuelo is called for. I always feel more secure and at times even more feminine and proud when wearing it. I’ve worn scarves as well and get the same feeling. Due to health issues, I’m losing my hair, it’s thinning horribly, and wearing the scarves, allowing them to flow down my back where my hair used to, makes me feel better.
Again, thank you so much for sharing