Friday, June 22, 2012

30-day writing challenge ~ Day 22 (Like There Is No Tomorrow)

Like There is No Tomorrow.  WWFC Day 22 topic.

In an attempt to avoid inspirational quote overload (this topic being one that could easily happen), I do admit that after the loss of a friend, acquaintance or relative, one tends to view life differently.  All the more reason to live life to its fullest.  I challenge my readers to break out, try something new, wear bright colors, say "hello" to a stranger.

Warning - When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

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.  
By Jenny Joseph

Link to the other bloggers participating in the WWFC 30-day writing challenge ~


Linda said...

It's never too early or late to wear purple or red or green (I had to throw that into the mix as it's my favorite color). We should do what makes us feel alive - always!

Babs-beetle said...

Ha ha! My sister is 68 and has red and blue in her hair. She's had bright coloured hair (and clothes) most of her life and doesn't care what other people think. I also never wear 'safe' colours. I love colour :)

Linda Medrano said...

I love the freedom of some people and their choices in bright colors. I'm not one of them though. Playing it safe most of my life because I'm conventional. Still I love seeing those who are not!

Katherine said...

I am gonna have pink hair!

life in the mom lane said...

my best friend always says we are going to wear purple hats together!

laughingmom said...

Gotta live it up before our time comes!

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