Nice to meet you, Jessica! A nice, kind of obscure, self portrait...the best kind, I think. :) Although, maybe you need some gloves and a hat. Wool would be best, of course, but--can you believe it?--I tried every store in St. Louis both before and after Christmas, and not a single one carries wool gloves anymore, not even the outdoors outfitters types of places. I don't know what the world is coming to. Sorry for rambling. :)
:) Sounds like you should learn to knit and make some wool gloves for yourself!
I had a pair of gloves stuffed in my pocket to appease my grandmother, but it was far too warm to actually wear them.
Aren't grandmothers wonderful? :) I was just judging by the other reflections all wearing hats, but maybe they all had grandmothers there with them, and didn't have a choice.
I guess you're right, there are two people wearing toques on the left. The funny thing is that my grandmother herself (in the middle of the photo) wasn't wearing a hat or gloves either!
:) Funny indeed. I guess the "bundle up" order is just given out of habit.
p.s. I had to look up what a toque is. I felt pretty silly for not knowing, until I found this on Wikipedia:
In the United States, this type of hat is more commonly referred to by other names: knit hat or knit cap, sock cap or stocking cap, watch cap, (to)boggan, skull cap or sometimes as a ski cap. In Australia, New Zealand and the UK, the term beanie refers pretty well exclusively to the knitted tuque-style hat, although that word is also used elsewhere to denote a more rigid cap that is not knitted but rather made up of joined panels of felt, twill or other tightly woven cloth. The lack of a consistent term for the tuque, outside Canada, is popular source material for Canadian comedians.
Ryan, your comment and research made me smile. "Toque" was one of the words I had to learn when I moved to Canada two days after marrying a Canadian. Well, our wedding was in August, so I didn't hear the word for a few months, but when I did I was as puzzled as you! But that was in 1966, so I'm pretty used to it now ...
I'm not English/French bilingual; my accomplishment is that (usually) I can use the "right" word in each country--and, since I've written articles, historical dictionary entries, etc., to be published each place, I can generally use the spelling appropriate to either the U.S. or Canada, too.
By the way, Jessica, I came upon this discussion because I very much like the photo!
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