Since joining the ranks of the Third Age, I have become acutely aware of ageism in Ireland and issues relevant to seniors. Whether it is mandatory retirement at age 65 or even earlier, digital exclusion in a world that is becoming more and more connected via cyberspace with older people often left behind, or elder abuse – financial or physical at home by carers or family members, or in nursing homes, we need a voice! The grey voice matters!

WARNING! 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 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.

Jenny Joseph

6 responses to “A PHILOSOPHY FOR A NEW AGE!

  1. Angela
    Thank you posting the Addergoole Fourteen story on your website. Most remember RMS Titanic. Who remembers the very human stories of that epic maritime tragedy? Our’s is a poignant story of emigration. Ship manifests of the weeksand months, before and after the disaster, show people leaving the Lahardane locality and arriving safely in USA.
    Keep in touch.
    Michael (PRO ATS)

  2. Really enjoyed that “virtual walk of Limerick”,I know it well(living in Priory pk,off Clancy’s Strand) and forget to appreciate it!!!
    I’m hoping my relatives (living abroad) get to see it!!!
    Also love the”when I’m old”.

    • Hi Fiona
      Glad you enjoyed that. I am not from Limerick myself, so perhaps detached enough to see the beauty that is in it! And must do some more – such lovely walks about the city! Lovely location, Clancy’s Strand.

  3. Off to get my purple hat, so I have an excuse to be who I am now… 🙂

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