Saturday, July 17, 2010

When I am an Old Lady...

I just turned thirty and I feel great! I have to admit, approaching thirty was far worse for me than finally reaching it. I assume it's the same when beginning any decade of your life. Last week I came across a poem written by Jenny Joseph in 1961. It really inspired me so I thought I'd share it. It also inspired The Red Hat Society, a social organisation founded in 1998 for women approaching the age of 50 and beyond. It is the largest women’s social group in the world! Here's the poem:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph

What struck a chord with me was the first two lines about wearing purple with a red hat - my two favourite colours!
Ladies of the Red Hat Society
 Image from here

Have a great weekend!

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Thanks for sharing on Soulful Mama ~ Clare x