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    Default Warning - by Jenny Joseph

    Dedicated to some of the Chatroom regulars, who were reminiscing here tonight. I didn't have a clue what they were on about

    Warning
    by Jenny Joseph



    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 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 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 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

    Last edited by Moira; 23-Jan-07 at 04:11. Reason: Jenny Joseph can't spell

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    Moira, I think purple will suit you! You'll have to start "The Red Hat Club" for other eccentrics like yourself and won't it be wonderful not to worry about what other people say?

    There is a "Red Hat Club" in Halifax, Nova Scotia and yes, they do all wear red hats and go out and have great fun!

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    I had a great Russian teacher at school in the 60s- she'd come to Scotland as a refugee long ago.
    She was in her eighties and wore purple skinny ribs, very bright lipstick & lots of jewellery and we all thought she was amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torvaig View Post
    Moira, I think purple will suit you! You'll have to start "The Red Hat Club" for other eccentrics like yourself ....
    Thanks Torvaig - sounds like you know too much about me - now I may have to kill you

    Quote Originally Posted by Angela View Post
    I had a great Russian teacher at school in the 60s ......
    She was in her eighties and wore purple skinny ribs, very bright lipstick & lots of jewellery and we all thought she was amazing!
    Angela - your teacher sounds amazing - certainly very different from the teachers I remember. Maybe she was the founder member of the "Red Hat Club"

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    We will have no problems recognising each other Moira especially with the rainbow leg warmers and the tiger slippers!
    What a wonderful poem throrougly enjoyed that one.

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    Default Warning...

    Maybe you know this....Warning, the poem, comes as a little hardback book (4.99, cheaper from Amazon) and makes a really nice present, I think, very easy to post as well

    There are some others in a similar vein, but I like Warning best.

    BTW, I have sheep (not tiger) slippers...will that count, I wonder?

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    Angela - thanks - I didn't know that actually - I can see I need to do a little more research here before I find all the answers!

    Of course your sheep slippers count - I wear "mules" at the moment - they don't go soggy when you nip out to the bin in the rain

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