14 July 2018


I am still having a good clear out, sorting this, removing that, and destroying the rest. Most of my Women's Institute papers have either been moved elsewhere  or destroyed. Today, I  came across this oldie which circled round the WI for many years. 


There is nothing the matter with me,
I am as healthy as can be.
I have arthritis in both my knees
And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze.
My pulse is weak, and my blood is thin
But I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.
Old age is golden, I’ve heard it said
But sometimes I wonder as I get into bed.
With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup,
My eyes on the table until I wake up.
Is there anything else I could lay on the shelf?
How do I know that my youth is all spent?
Well, my get up and go has got up and went.
But I don’t really mind when I think with a grin
Of all the grand places my ‘getup’ has been.
I get up in the morning, and dust off my wits.
Then pick up the paper and read the ‘obits’.
If my name is still missing , I know I’m not dead
So I have a good breakfast and go back to bed.
The moral is this, as this tale I unfold,
That for you and me who are now growing old
T’is better to say “I’m fine” with a grin
Than to let them all know the real shape you’re in.


  1. This is great Valerie, a very cute poem.

    1. I knew you would like it, Denise.

    2. I did indeed, thanks Valerie. Hope your week is a great one :)

  2. Haha I really like that. It's funny but a little sad at the same time. As they say, the alternative to old age isn't that appealing.

  3. A lady I know is fond of saying she doesn't tell people how she is because they wouldn't want to hear it!

    Clean outs always reveal treasure. The problem is when you remember it's treasure you can't throw it out

    1. Hi Kylie. Your lady friend has a point, I often wonder if the question is asked out of curiosity or courtesy.

  4. OMG Valerie...I LOVED this, especially the closing...

    "That for you and me who are now growing old
    T’is better to say “I’m fine” with a grin
    Than to let them all know the real shape you’re in."

    I agree because it's all about your perception. There is really nothing we can do about the gradual process of getting older, however, we CAN always choose to keep a positive attitude, which I think does wonders for keeping us happy and healthy.

    Fantastic poem! Both humorous and inspiring!

    Have a faaaabulous weekend, my friend!

    1. I knew you would like it, Ron. I try not to reveal everything to those who are polite enough to ask because I think the enquiry might come because of manners rather than cocern.... I just have a moan on the blog instead.

      I thought the weekend was at an end until neighbour put me right!

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    1. Hi Janet, good to see you. I don't mind sharing this if you want to copy.

  6. Wish I had some of that 'Busy' in me!
    Yeah, I'm 'fine' too. Hahaha.
    Have a good day!

    1. Well, hello Sharon. Good to see you again. Hope you are keeping well and happy.

  7. A very good and so true poem. Thanks!

  8. This brought a smile to my day, Valerie, thanks. I especially like the part about reading the obits as I read them when we are traveling and there’s a newspaper. Oddly enough, I don’t read any local papers in Nashua but do read the local weekly from VA as we lived there for 12 years and came to know many people in a small area. Sadly, it’s how I have learned of the passing of several folks in recent months.

    1. Glad you enjoyed this, Beatrice. At least newspapers are keeping you in touch, so to speak.

  9. Yes indeed. That applies at any time of life, and I also admire peple who are chronically sick who so often manage to be upbeat.

    1. Jenny, I think being upbeat sort of takes the pain away. Not literally of course. It's like pushing things to the back in order that we can't see them.

  10. Bravo!!!!!!


    Thank you!!!!!


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