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You know the poem "When I am an Old WomanI shall Wear Purple"?

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Cauldronfrau Wed 22-Oct-08 23:04:35

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differentWitch Wed 22-Oct-08 23:08:43

how decrepit will you need to be?

Tommy Wed 22-Oct-08 23:09:19

great - I've heard of them - I think I should pass their number on to my Mum. I shall join them in 30 years grin

trefusis Wed 22-Oct-08 23:09:28

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bythepowerofgreyskull Wed 22-Oct-08 23:10:40

I have heard of them there is a group in mum's village (but she is far too proper to be a member) I think it is fantastic.

lulu2 Wed 22-Oct-08 23:11:50

that's great. We had this poem as a reading at my Mum's funeral, she loved the bit about learning to spit.

brimfull Wed 22-Oct-08 23:12:59

oh I saw a load of red hatted old ladies when I last visited my parents
they all had red baseball hats on and frankly looked ridiculous..like aged brownies.

ditch the stupid hats and I'll join

PandaG Wed 22-Oct-08 23:13:07

love it love it! This is one of my favourite poems, and used to teach it quite a lot (always remember the time the form tutor of the class I had taught it to wore a purple dress the following day and her class collapsed in fits of giggles)

I have decided I will dye my hair purple when I am 40 (3 years time) as a nod to this...hope I can avoid covering the grey until then!

WaitingForCodot Wed 22-Oct-08 23:13:30

<puts her name down now>

SixSpotBonfire Wed 22-Oct-08 23:15:01

Love it. I do plan to take up smoking cigarettes again in my dotage...

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 23-Oct-08 12:32:32

My neighbour is a member. She always looks fantastic when she goes out - they wear v smart hats, not a baseball cap in sight. I doubt if the ladies you saw were Red Hat Society members, Ggirl, if so, they have got the wrong end of the stick. It is about looking eccentric but in a glam and classy way.

lionheart Thu 23-Oct-08 18:30:58

That's pretty cool. smile

Twiglett Thu 23-Oct-08 18:33:55

oh good for them

I have always planned to wear purple grin <adds red hat to the list>

scarily enough I think I'm old enough to join but as children are 7 and 5 not experienced enough yet

janeite Thu 23-Oct-08 18:37:14

I taught this poem a couple of years ago: my Year 11 boys were very excited by the idea of dressing up in purple clothes and red hats and going off on outings; unfortunately I don't think the society would have them!

RubyRioja Thu 23-Oct-08 18:38:26

superb

Cauldronfrau Thu 23-Oct-08 18:39:01

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RubyRioja Thu 23-Oct-08 18:40:56

I don't think I coudl bear to wear pink and lavendar as a junior membre though

selfevidentnamechange Thu 23-Oct-08 18:43:01

What do you think is the youngest age to whom I could recite this poem during book week (primary). I have the purple dress and the red hat already.

RubyRioja Thu 23-Oct-08 18:43:43

If reading to primary, probably 23!

selfevidentnamechange Thu 23-Oct-08 18:45:55

RR - not me, the children

MarsLady Thu 23-Oct-08 18:49:14

<<wonders if a lifetime of wearing purple and red means wearing grey when decrepit!>>

RubyRioja Thu 23-Oct-08 18:50:02

sorry, being flippant

Hard for them to understand feeling old I guess.
Year 6?
Just tried it on my year 4 daughter - who thought it was by a child wanting to be a grown up - diff perspective maybe!

janeite Thu 23-Oct-08 18:51:42

I've used it with Year 7 before; I think below year 6 the concepts may be too difficult but they will enjoy seeing "Miss" dressed up!

Cauldronfrau Thu 23-Oct-08 18:52:35

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beforesunrise Thu 23-Oct-08 18:53:53

i wish they had this in Italy so i could tell my mum to stop fancying herself at the doorstep of death. she's only 62 ffs and has tons of fun left in her, if only she knew it...

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