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Roevalley
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For anyone who hasn't read this wonderful poem:

When I am Old
I will wear Purple!

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 sandles,
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 with my stick along 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 ago,
or only bread and pickles 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
Jo_Bryan
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Thanks one of my faves and even though I know it, I had to come and read again.
Slummy_Yummy_Mummy
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I LOVE that poem and it makes me smile...think I'm off to practice now!!
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Now that I am nearly there, this is how Iive my life, and happy to be irresponsible again, ditzy, slightly mad and a tad eccentric.
turtleuk5
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Note to self - must get a red hat.........
Dellene_B
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I've read it before but have enjoyed reading it again. thanks for posting it!

Dell xxoo
COTSWOLDIAN
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One of my favourite poems. I bought the book and wearing a purple jumper gave it to my daughter just to warn her what to expect. She laughed and told me she could easily imagine me doing all those things. Just as well as I think it would be great fun! - Cotswoldian
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I inherited a book with that poem in from my mum when she died - it always makes me smile - isn't it fun?
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Note to self - must get a red hat.........
Posted by turtle

Isn't the weather a trifle windy at the moment for that?!!!!!!
bertiebearuk
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I think it's the message at the end that's important: do it now! Why give in to the rules - and who made them, anyway? - when life is so short? And frankly, I don't intend to be old until I'm at death's door.

What this poem says is that you can get away with wearing whatever you want when you are old, because you won't be at work, you won't have to answer to anyone else, and if anyone asks, well, you're just a batty old lady. I'd advise getting into practise early, and make the most of being you. Life's grim enough in a rain drenched summer without dressing in black for your entire working week.

Come on, ladies - on with the purple and the red hats! BB
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