By Lisa Huddleston
I just left the rocker on my front porch where I was reading (and sitting and rocking) through the last few pages of When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, an anthology edited and compiled by Sandra Martz and published by Papier-Marche Press in 1987. It was delicious, and this is my resounding recommendation to all you 50-something women readers to give it a try. Younger or older ladies (or men) may love it, too; but for those of us on the cusp of old age, it is a perfect read. Letting go is hard to do!
As I reached the final pieces, which are the most somber of the book, I jotted my poetic response inside the back cover:
Sitting is what
Old folks have in common
Sitting and rocking
Sitting and rocking and trying not to dream
Then I left my rocker alone on the muggy porch and headed to my computer–where I almost lost all urge to write due to my damned, country-slow Internet connection!
Hope you can find a copy of Old Woman and that you will enjoy it as much as I did. (Sheesh!)