When I Am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear A Purple with a Red Hat…….

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I ran across this charming poem called Warning by Jenny Joseph on a poster in a restaurant ladies room in the pacific northwest. While it specifically talks about a woman’s life, it could easily apply to both sexes. Enjoy.

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 have 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 how to spit

You can wear terrible skits and grow more fat, and eat three pounds of sausages at a go, 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 sweat in the street, and set a good example for 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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