my granddad died in may 2005 - about 18 months before signal was born. m's granddad died in october 2006 - just a couple months before signal was born. signal is named for both of these fine men. the one thing i kept of granddad's was his old carhartt work hat, all stiff and sweat-stained from goodness knows how many years of wear! i keep it on a doorknob in the house, just to have around. yesterday, as we were heading out to the market, signal decided he wanted to wear gigi's hat (we call my grandmother "gigi" and since signal has only ever seen granddad in photos with gigi, he calls granddad gigi, too). he said "gigi's hat!" and then put it on.
i think the look suits him, and it even matches his little outfit pretty well!