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Friday, December 18, 2015

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.
- Jenny Joseph

Another birthday is imminent and, unlike last year when I had a rude shock of an annual physical which set me thinking about mortality and the fragility of life, this year I feel ... hopeful. I feel a little more in control of my destiny. I'm not actually *exercising* the control as well as I should, but I'm trying, and will keep striving to do better this coming year.

Someone sent me this poem when I turned 40. That was over a decade ago, and too early for me to properly relate to it. But now I'm ready. I think this year I'll find myself a red hat!
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    Oh, Bemused, I love this poem! What wonderful images! I know you have worked so hard in your career and been such a conscientious parent/wife/daughter/sister/friend/
    colleague. It warms my heart to think of you pressing alarm bells (and hurrying gleefully away, I presume)! This really made me smile. You deserve to have a little mischievous fun!

    Let's enjoy being little old ladies!
    1950 days ago
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    Love the poem! (I'm 52)
    1950 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. I'm not quite ready for the purple outfit and red hat, but have decided to take more tome to do things I want to do. I'm glad that you are feeling hopeful about your health journey. Keep moving forward. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1950 days ago
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