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Re: I shall wear purple

Posted by ESC on April 17, 2003

In Reply to: Getting older posted by S. Ryan on April 17, 2003

: During our class discussion, one of my students made reference to my age, to which I replied "Ah but, the older the violin, the sweeter the music!"
: My submission is twofold. Am I mistakenly attributing this to Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove?"
: I then recalled, "There may be snow on the roof, but there is still a fire in the hearth!" "Wine gets better with age!"
: I would appreciate any and all references/ quotes/ sayings as to the advantages of aging.
: Thanks in advance!

These women could probably quote you a few -- http://www.redhatsociety.com/ They are followers of the sentiments expressed in this poem posted here in part:

WARNING
By Jenny Joseph

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.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick the flowers in other people's gardens . . .

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.