Sunday, May 9, 2010

I Shall Wear Purple

Mom in Her Red Hat
To make this card I used a copy of a nice photo of mom. I added red Dymo tape letters, a scrapbook paper background (K & Company: "Life's Journey") and embellished with Crayola Glitter Glue and pink stamping ink. Some details with those great metalic markers from Office Max (pack of 8 great colors) and Derwent Intense Watercolor Pencils.

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!

I'm happy with this artist card created from a photo of my Mom wearing purple and her red hat, which suits her very well. Mom is 84 this year and still the most politically aware person I know, and is going to many of her clubs and meetings even though she must now take her walker.
Of course you must know that humorous poem by Jenny Joseph who is now just about the same age as my mom: "Warning, When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple". On the off chance that you haven't read it I've copied it below. Jenny Joseph wrote this poem about a committment to being outrageous in her elder years when she was 30 years old, in 1961. Never too young to start "practicing".


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 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 beermats 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
an interesting blog post about this poem and a variation based on Jenny's poem:

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