Thursday, October 8, 2015

Day 8 - 2015 - PURPLE

Long before I was of an age to consider what I would do when I was "an old woman", I started seeing things in purple and red; and heard of a group called "The Red Hat Society.

"The Red Hat Society" is an organization of women over 50; their website describes the group as "a playgroup for women created to connect like-minded women, make new friends and enrich lives through the power of fun and friendship!"

Sounds like a pretty fun organization to be a part of!  Learn more about "The Red Hat Society here.

Later I came across the poem about wearing "purple with a red hat" and other fun {or funny} things "when I am an old woman".  Here is the poem:

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 a little now?
So people who know me
are not too shocked
and surprised
When suddenly I am old
and start to wear purple."

While I am not a member of "The Red Hat Society", nor have I worn purple and red - "that doesn't go" - I have had my share of fun times since turning 50 years fact, I have had even more fun since turning 60 years old, because I am now retired and have the time for fun!

My hats haven't necessarily been red - or even purple! - but I have worn many different "hats" - and other fun funny outfits for some of the events I have attended.

I have definitely enjoyed my life; especially since retiring!


This is Day 8 of "31 Days of Free Writes", linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday group.  Check out all of my "Free Write" posts in this series here.  For more information on the "Write31Days" challenge, click here.


  1. What a fun post! My parents are in their 50's and feel like they will be working till they die. I hope they are able to live like this in their 60's!

    1. I was working extremely hard, too, Melissa! It started going downhill just before I turned 60...then, let go, temp jobs, looking for work at that age? Not a good situation to be in; then, with my health...but, here I am! And loving it!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I love red and purple but I will never consider myself old because inside I feel like I am 17! Love this. Thanks for sharing

    1. Thanks for reading, Karen...I like red and purple together, too! I just had to use this poem when I saw the word Purple for today's "free write" word!!

      Appreciate your comment...

  3. Such a fun post! Maybe some day I'll be a member of the Red Hat Society!

    1. I would be, but just don't have the time...nor the finances to do all the things they do...I put my hobby money into scrapbooking and writing!!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  4. Fun post! I can relate since I am in your age group and have seen the red hat ladies out at various places having a wonderful time. Great poem too.

    1. Yes, Mary! I loved the poem the first time I read it and thought it was perfect for ladies in our age group!! But, then I learned about the Red Hat Society ladies and all the fun things they year, when my husband and I took a tour of the Carnival ship was "new" and they were showing it off and trying to book cruises! - there was a group of Red Hatters and they were having a blast!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  5. I've not heard of the Red Hat society! so thank-you for the info and the link. I've loved Jenny Joseph's poem for a long time, and fully plan to run my stick along railings - oh, just think of the sound! I am glad to know you are enjoying retirement, though I often feel we need another name for it these days.

    1. That is for sure, Alexa...we are certainly NOT retired for doing anything; in fact, we are quite busy!!

      Glad you have the info now about the Red Hat Society...I'm not sure if it was "born" out of the poem or the poem from the society...I suspect someone came up with the idea after reading the poem...I LOVE the poem; so many FUN things to do "when we are old!"


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