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The Power of Imagination by Ruby RedHat, Red Hat Society

Saturday, May 14th 2016 @ 5:00 PM

Hey There, Today I would like to talk about the power of imagination. Have you ever seen the movie Hook? It’s a wonderful film starring the late Robin Williams, inspired by the Peter Pan storyline.

In the movie, Robin Williams plays Peter Banning, the adult version of Peter Pan who lost all of his childhood memories when he followed Wendy back to London. Peter has become a successful lawyer, but he’s very much absorbed in himself and his work, and he’s lost touch with the joy of being playful and being present for his family. However, one night his old nemesis Captain Hook kidnaps his children and Peter is forced to return to Neverland to rescue them.

In my opinion, the most memorable scene from the movie is the night of the banquet feast with the Lost Boys. At this point in the movie, Peter has been in Neverland for a few days and he has struggled to dust the cobwebs off of his imagination, which he MUST do to connect with his former self and fight Captain Hook for his children. This banquet scene was his “aha” moment, or as the Lost Boys would say: “Bangarang.” 

He’s seated at a table with the Lost Boys and bowls and platters of “food” are being passed around and everyone is digging in… well, everyone except Peter, because the bowls are actually empty. He’s hungry and tired, and he can’t quite wrap his mind around what is happening. Finally, Tinker Bell reminds him that this used to be his favorite game and he needed to use his imagination to join in the fun.

Then, after an amusing name-calling battle with Rufio (the leader of the Lost Boys), it happens. Peter picks up an empty spoon and pretends to fling food at Rufio, and what he imagined became reality. Rufio’s face is suddenly covered in a rainbow colored pie filling. Everyone gasps and Peter looks around the table to discover that plates that were once empty are now piled high with amazing food. He did it. He rediscovered his imagination.

I was reminded of this scene earlier this month when the Red Hat Society hosted its second virtual party of 2016 on Facebook. It was an all-day Cinco de Mayo fiesta attended by more than 1,000 Hatters from around the world. Throughout this event Hatters checked in to share photos of their favorite Cinco de Mayo inspired food, clothing, music, memories and more.

Hatquarters hosted a Sombrero Contest, trivia games, and a Best Photo Props contest. They also used Facebook Live to check in throughout the day to give a behind-the-scenes look at festivities taking place at Hatquarters, and they even streamed a salsa dancing lesson. Although I was just tuning into the fun on Facebook, if I closed my eyes and used my imagination like Peter did, I could smell the wonderful Mexican food my friends were eating. I could hear the laughter as they each showed up in the costumes they were posting on Facebook and I could feel the joy of their presence right in my living room. What a wonderful way to connect with my friends and Sisters.

I love that the Red Hat Society is always challenging me to use my imagination. If you would like to see just how much fun we have in our virtual parties, I invite you to join us for our next virtual party on June 20th. We’ll be hitting the beach for a Virtual Luau. You can join the group here. This truly is a wonderful way to meet our amazing Members and get an idea of how much fun we have in Red Hat Society

I hope to see you there!


P.S. If you would like to watch the full clip of the Hook scene I referenced above - watch it here!  : )


-Ruby RedHat, Red Hat Society

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RUBY REDHAT is the official mascot of the Red Hat Society.  In the year 2000, a little lady named Ruby appeared, out of nowhere, on the computer screen of EQM Sue Ellen's daughter, Andrea (aka Princess Daughter). Princess Daughter was working on the first Red Hat Society website and when Ruby got wind of it, she just volunteered her services as a representative (mascot?) for the entire membership. Ruby had recently finished compiling her Top Ten (plus one) Rules for Living and she had a feeling that both she and her rules would be able to help the Red Hat Society clarify its members and its purpose to the world. We are all thrilled to have her represent the little girl inside all of us, who is ready and willing to come out and play again in every woman who invites her to do so.
Read Ruby’s full bio here.  Learn more about Ruby here.

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