Thursday, February 10, 2011

For Grandma

The following is a tribute to my husband's grandma, Marilyn Haynes, and every other woman who grows old and yet maintains the happy, wild spirit of youth. We were lucky enough to have Grandma Marilyn visit us this week. Five days, ten gallons of Dr. Pepper, and several John Wayne movies later, she's gone. And we are not happy about it.

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 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.

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(We love you, Grandma!)


The Paxton Family said...

What an absolutely cool thing to have his Grandma visit! I wish my Grandma would visit us! I love the stories and the games and most of all, the recipes!
And I LOVE that poem you put in :-)

Julie said...

Marilyn is my hero! I can't wait to spend a week with my grandkids, riding bikes and consuming gallons of Diet Pepsi. And I am wearing my favorite purple sweater right now!

Marie Says Yes said...

What. A. Woman.

Grandmas are beyond compare.

Jenn said...

I'm smiling, and have warmth in my heart.

Did the kids like the cookies?

Happy Valentine's day.