Friday, May 31, 2019

When I Grow Old, I Will

Inspired by this poem: 

When I Am Old.

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 sandals,
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 pickle for a week,
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats
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 will 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
What will I do when I am old? 

Well to many I already am old, old enough to qualify for programs and services under the Older Americans Act.  Not old enough for a transit discount, or a guarantee of core health insurance.  

As I get older I will:
  • Speak my mind more freely,
  • Dress comfortably, and wear running shoes with my best suit. 
  • Defend others, 
  • Continue to Vote 
  • Read for pleasure in the middle of the day 
  • Enjoy music, playing it louder as my hearing continues to fade
  • Remind young people that life is short, and "you only get one shot, one opportunity"
  • Ignore my Doctors' advice, when they are trying to keep me alive forever. Death is not failure, it is the natural end of this adventure. 
  • Do what I want, not what is best for me 
  • Sit on a bench and observe the world going by
  • Travel when I can
  • Stay in nicer hotels, upgrade to the suite life once in a while. 
  • Take naps when I am tired 
What will you do, when you are older? 


  1. kick ass, take names, take no prisoners, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead, haters be dammed! I have been doing this for 30 years now (since 6/21/89) and I ain't about to stop now!

  2. When I grow old (which I already am), I will do the same things Anne Marie said, but I will also "live" with increasingly debilitating MS, something my younger self never would have imagined. I will also do many of the things a Travel Penguin said.

  3. I don't think I will make to old age so I have to break the rules now.