HAPPY VALENTINES DAY
It would appear that I have a land mark Birthday on Valentines Day!
My company wrote to me about a month a go telling me I have to re-apply for my job as my contract was about to end. New laws have been brought in which means I don’t have to leave on my Birthday but if I want to stay on I have to tell them and they will interview me. Well the long and short of it was that I had a 10 minute informal interview and they have given me a contract for another year with a review in six months. It is presently a week of two halves as I only work two and a half days, by the time I get to Wednesday lunch time it is the week end and before I know it, it is Monday again and back to work. I work with a nice crowd or girls and the Surveyors can be good fun when they are not trying to beat the clock!
Growing old disgracefully
Warning by Jenny Joseph
When I am old I shall wear purple
With a red hat which dosn’t go. and dosen’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 peoples’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 practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old. and start to wear purple.
Poem by Jenny Joceph