Me and my girl and boy, raising awareness and acceptance of autism

Warning by Jenny Joseph

💜Bearing in mind my love of all things purple (see below), I thought I’d share this poem by Jenny Joseph:💜

“WARNING

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 on 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 eat bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats 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.

Jenny Joseph”

Now I don’t know about the red hat, or brandy (urgh) and certainly not the spitting or the swearing, but I’m certainly practising:

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Thanks for reading Jx 💜😍

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