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Thread: Following on from Growing Older by Ditter.

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    Junior Member Irishlady's Avatar
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    I discovered this poem years ago and having read it again I think I am now at an age where I should start to wear purple.

    Warning
    by Jenny Joseph

    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 the 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.

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    haha! love it ;-)

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    Super Member hobo2000's Avatar
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    Fantastic!

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    Super Member Ditter43's Avatar
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    My DH reminded me we don't need to wear purple, all we have to do is bump ourselves on something and we ARE purple, at least in places!
    I love purple and as soon as all my hair turns white I might throw out all my wardrobe and start wearing all the bright colors I love!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :-D :-D

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