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 glovesAnd satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tiredAnd 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 . . .
--- Jenny Joseph,1961
The Red Hat Society is a women's organization founded in 1998 by Sue Ellen Cooper of Fullerton, California.
It began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humor and élan.
“We believe silliness is the comical relief of life”
“Underneath the frivolity, we share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes us next”
50 and over : red hat, purple outfit
under 50:pink hat , lavender outfit
“This adds an element of fun to aging.”
The Leader of the chapter : Queen Mum
Vice-Mother, the Queen Mother's right-hand woman and the mother of vices, so to speak
Anti-parliamentarian for the one who enforces the rule that there are no rules;
What do they feel about growing old -ves wrinkles mobility issues body aches, medication loss of youthfulness, stamina +ves Nothing life is a treasure and age is just a number grand/ great grand children so much to do, so little time freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want enjoy the body shape and hair color wisdom and knowledge that comes with growing old
What they want
* Better health
* Better working products (vacuum cleaner, lawn mowers )
* Grateful children
* Weekly Maid service, cleaning staff, Robot service