Can Dads Wear Baseball Caps Backward?

Silly question I know. It popped into my brain on a recent flight. At first the screaming child in the row in front of me caught my attention. Then his parents. They looked like they were in their mid to late 20s. It wasn’t that the dad wasn’t putting in any effort. He was a little. However, it seemed that only the mom could soothe the savage child.

My next image was that this Dad is a big guy; a former high school football player I decided. He wore his cap backward.

You may very reasonably ask, so what? Good question. So what? I did not immediately have an answer. I was working on instinct. Somehow it just seemed wrong. Now to figure out why.

Partly, at my age, I associate fatherhood with “older”. Older meaning responsible, perhaps. “Hat on backward” indicating the lifestyle of lighthearted, adolescent behavior. Not responsibility.

From there my mind went to thinking about how old my friends were when they started having children. I was the late one not joining the ranks of parents until age 38. My immediate assumption was that they mostly started in their 30s. Going one-by-one, there were certainly several that started having kids in their 30s. However, upon reflection several started in their late 20s. Probably not much older than Mr. Hat Backward.

None of my friends wore their caps on backward. To be fair, it was not the fashion in the 1980s. Still, whatever the comparable fashion was at the time I doubt that my friends were dressing like that. They were, however, on occasion getting more than a wee bit tipsy. Maybe they had more in common with this guy on the plane than I first imagined.

So what does this all mean? Nothing probably. Nothing earth shattering anyway. The incongruity of Mr. Hat Backward with young child was just a quick but strong image. What is the use of having a blog if you can’t put those thought out there?

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6 Responses to Can Dads Wear Baseball Caps Backward?

  1. PeachFlambe says:

    One of the many things I love about reading your blog is that you say the stuff we (or at least me) are thinking. I find it really fascinating how you help us step back and examine our ideas and beliefs from the perspective of – shall I say it? – middle age. Seems to me some of the things we thought we knew we did know. But others…maybe not so much.

  2. 48facets says:

    Thanks. You made my day. Others have said that I say what they are thinking. I really like that.

    I do not mind speaking from middle age. I have come to accept that I have past through youth. As long as my pespective is not OLD age!

    You are going to have to explain PeachFlambe to me over drinks some time.

  3. Great post! When I see a backward baseball cap on I have the urge to ask: “which way are you going?” Do these clowns realize that wearing a baseball cap backwards makes them appear as if they are in a time warp. Then maybe again, it might be OK for a 50 year old man to wear tie dye t-shirts and a leather headband!!

  4. 48facets says:

    I am 50 and I have no tie dye t-shirts or leather headband though I do appreciate the Jimmy Hendricks look—though mostly on JH.
    Nice to see a new name. How did you find me?
    I read your blog. Welcome back after a long time away.

  5. Reggie says:

    Wearing a cap backwards was “in vogue” in the early 90s.

    Now unless you are a catcher or under the age of 22 you look like a tool if you wear your cap backwards…I saw some pictures of myself from 15 years ago and shuddered when I saw my cap backwards.

  6. Justin says:

    I think the wearing the cap backwards is totally wrong.The bill of the cap is there to keep the sun out of your eyes.Unless your eyes are in the back of your head[women excused here,they do have eyes in the back of their heads[lol] WEAR THEM THE WAY THEY WERE INTENDED.I also think it makes them less cool than they think.

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