There is to be a Women’s March on Washington, D.C., happening soon after 2017’s presidential inauguration. There will also be sympathetic marches happening at most, if not all, state capitals the same day. Living in one state capital alongside political activists, I live in a milieu anticipating the march.
After church on Sunday, my family went downtown to one of the top concert venues for a matinee. We had extra time, so we hung out at a small park whose central feature is a fountain with a bronze statue of a young woman in the middle. This park is one place around the city where handmade warm things appear on trees, and on Sunday, the statue wore a flaming pink hat tucked between her braids and shoulders. At church, we’d learned that the marching crowds intend on wearing pink hats to show the incoming president that his actions and remarks denigrating women have been heard. Here was a pink hat, giving the statue appropriate garb for the march! Two women were arranging the hat in various ways and taking pictures of the statue with the hat; they saw us and quickly said, “It was here before us!” Their remarks led me to believe that they also saw political symbolism in the statue’s hat, and I couldn’t help but take a photo in glee.
Soon, my family left the park and went to our performance, thinking among ourselves that we hope that someone gets to use that hat (as appropriate for knit-bombing) and yet hoping for the hat to stick around until the march. Waiting for the bus home, two people puttered past us, clearly down on their luck. One of them wore a flaming pink hat – the statue’s hat! We stared until the bus came, mulling over how the hat served more than one purpose.