Monday, February 20, 2006

Getting in some early practice


WARNING
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 the 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 practise 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 (1961)

4 Comments:

Blogger Laura said...

You go girl!!
P.S..... it looks like Lydia is practicing her shadow puppets in the mirror! (Or is she learning sign language?!)
Love, Laura

Monday, February 20, 2006 8:39:00 PM  
Blogger Donna & Joe said...

She's got, what, 49 years to go before she can join the Red Hat Club. I, on the other hand, don't have as many years to go!

She's so cute with her little red hat...I guess she's not taking them off anymore? If I remember right she wouldn't wear hats before.

Donna :)

Monday, February 20, 2006 8:56:00 PM  
Blogger Salome's Mom said...

I LOVE that poem, it is one of my favorites. I got such a kick out of seeing it on your blog. Not to mention that along with my favorite poem you added a picture of Liddy IN A HAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I her adoring fan thank you.

Yoli

Monday, February 20, 2006 9:57:00 PM  
Blogger Lissa and Russell said...

I have my fingers crossed on the hat issue. SHE PUT THE HAT ON HERSELF!!!! As laundry was being folded and put away, this little red hat that came with a dress I bought her fell out of the basket and she began playing with it. It stayed on her head for almost 15 minutes, and she put it there all by herself. She prissed and fussed with it in front of the mirror for a good long time and then finally moved on to daddy's sock drawer to see what treasures she could find there. :-)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 6:26:00 AM  

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