Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Wishcasting Wednesday
Growing old mmm .I instantly think about growing old gracefully..about embracing the peace and calm that comes with wiseness and age balancing it with the fears I have of loneliness and dying.The verse in the Desiderata reflects this for me

.....Take kindly the counsel of the years,gracefully surrendering the things of youth.Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.Beyond a wholesome discipline,be gentle with yourself......

I think about my mum of nearly 70 and feel she is a great example of how i would like to grow old....valuing being healthy and able, demonstrating my loving and having time for those around me i love, keeping a youngish outlook not being afraid to laugh, joke and try new things. My mum was born in the 40's and she loves this poem
by Jenny Joseph
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 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 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.
Taken from the book
When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
Editd by Sandra MartzPapier Mache Press--Watsonville, California 1987

On a practical level i need to plan gowing old and stay well ! and i must admit to living so much in the present that i struggle with thinking about this in a constructive way!

-I wish to live more and work less

-I wish to plan to retire early

-I wish to grow old with my Chel

-I wish to grow old with my health

-I wish to grow old lovingly and purposefully.

-I wish to feel proud of the life I'm leading.


  1. You're mom sounds like a fabulous woman! :) And I really like your list (especially the work less/live more one - wow, can I ever relate to that!)

    As you wish for yourself, I wish for you as well!

  2. As Cazamataz wishes for herself, I wish for her also. A great list and love the poem :-)

  3. What a wonderful wish! As you wish for yourself, I wish for you also!

  4. As Carol wishes for herself, so do I wish for her as well.

  5. As Carol wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. Love the book about purple and your quote.