When I'm an old woman

by Carley April. 22, 2007 4705 views

This is a book my daughter made for me for my birthday. (Wish I had remembered it when the book contest was on!) It is decoupaged inside & out, and contains the following poem, which I love. I understand it is the “anthem” of the Red Hat Ladies…..I am not one of them.


Warning
by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn't go and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin candles and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I am 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 pickles for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts 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 now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

Created by Magpy

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Lori 14 years, 3 months ago

I never heard of the poem but I LOVE it. The book itself is the best kind of gift, a gift of love. I don't belong to the Red Hats either but they sound a lot like the Sweet Potato Queens out of Jackson, Mississippi and I am an SPQ wannabe. The SPQ's have many notable quotes but no poems.

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Jorge Cardoso 14 years, 3 months ago

great! :)

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Yanko V Fabila 14 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful!

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Dzmitry Samakhvalau 14 years, 3 months ago

original

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Aimeric 14 years, 3 months ago

super special ! thanks for sharing

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Jacquie 14 years, 3 months ago

It's one of my favorite books! Love the stories in it.
I for one intend to wear purple! ;)

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Magpy 14 years, 3 months ago

the shots came out great! I always thought Jenny Jones wrote that poem for you... (blushes)

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Christine 14 years, 3 months ago

Your daughter is an artist ! What a great present.
This book is certainly the best one I have ever
seen. What a creativity !
Soon time for me to wear purple !

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Jason 14 years, 3 months ago

Funny! But really, you should try some colour..forget the age part...I am sure we will all ignore it...since we are in the same boat anyways :-))

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Jannie 14 years, 3 months ago

Love the poem, love the post! My beloved niece did a similar project in college a couple of years ago. The female body template could be identical!

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Lisa 14 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful. I never thought of using decoupaged to make a book like that. Your family is blessed with lots of creativity. :)

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Lisette Tremblay 14 years, 3 months ago

Belle réalisation. Très créatif.

14 years, 3 months ago Edited
Karen 14 years, 3 months ago

So beautiful! The book, the poem and the photos.
I am not waiting until I am old to do such things...

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Jet28 14 years, 3 months ago

Amazing work!

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Anniepie 14 years, 3 months ago

Amy is so creative and you photographed this book beautifuly

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Lynda 14 years, 3 months ago

Bravo. I love the poem and the photos. My grandmother loved purple and I recall the year she bought a dress, shoes and pocket book in various shades of purple. I think she embarrassed her daughters.

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Paul Graham 14 years, 3 months ago

lovely shots and lovely book

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