Grumpy old fart!!!

"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic."

When I am an old woman

A friend with whom I used to work had this poem on our office wall as a “gentle” reminder, whenever I read it I think of the fun we used to have and it makes me smile.

When I am an old woman


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 peoples’ 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 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.

by Jenny Joseph

July 30, 2010 - Posted by | Deltiology, Maid, Maids, Retro Lingerie Campaign, Risqué, Servants, Social History, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. That’s beautiful!

    Comment by IzaakMak | July 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you, I was feeling a little reflective and it brought a smile as I read it once again. I have another, “What Do You See?” which I will post once I find the right picture to accompany it.

      Comment by summertime75 | July 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. that’s a brilliant one, love it, be carefree and enjoy life now.

    Comment by Rincewind | July 31, 2010 | Reply

    • btw, great picture as well…

      Comment by Rincewind | July 31, 2010 | Reply

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