When I am Old I Shall Wear Purple

Apr 16

When I am Old I Shall Wear Purple

So, Today is my 50th birthday. The first 50 years were a riot. I’m hoping the lessons I learned will make the second 50 even more fun!

I’ve never been much of a conformist, and am rarely labled “normal” but my theme song for the next 50 years is the following:

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.

Taken from the book When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple Edited by Sandra Martz Papier Mache Press–Watsonville, California 1987

Oh, and my first gift this morning was purple clothing! I have a great family!

Darlene




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