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Younger Days by Maya Angelou

 When I was in my younger days, I weighed a few pounds less.

I needn't hold my tummy in to wear a belted dress.

But now that I am older, I've set my body free:

There's the comfort of elastic where once my waist would be.

Inventors of those high-heeled shoes my feet have not forgiven.

I have to wear a nine now, but used to wear a seven.

And how about those pantyhose..They're sized by weight, you see.

So how come when I put them on the crotch is at my knee?

I need to wear these glasses as the print's been getting smaller;

And it wasn't very long ago, I know that I was taller.

Though my hair has turned to gray and my skin no longer fits,

On the inside, I'm the same old me, its the outside's changed a bit.

 

 

As Queen of RazZmaTazZ
Women ask about all this
Red Hat jazz.
How to start a brand new chapter.
How to ensure there will be lots of laughter.

Off I go with my big tote bag full of goodies.
We brain storm, share and “shoot the breeze”.
Learning about the dis-organization.
Trying to decide what will be this creation.

Choosing a name is a big to-do.
Learning about the group gives a clue.
A play on words gives meaning
Pride in the name causes preening.

Delegate, delegate, delegate...
Before the Queen gets a headache.
What are those job titles rare?
Duchess, Countess...a Princess to spare.

How to make this new group unique?
How to reach the
Red Hat heartbeat?
Lots of royal craziness with great ceremony.
To the
Red Hat Society give testimony.

Where to go on your
Red Hat 
How to dress for these crazy sightings?
Will you sip tea or hike with a llama,
Eat fancy tea sandwiches or soak in a sauna?

Not too much planning...let it flow.
Your
Red Hat chapter will grow and glow.
Remember times to laugh with glee
Over life, age and a shopping spree.

Enjoy this
Red Hat experience.
It’s not supposed to make any sense.
Learn to let loose and be free.
Arm-in-arm
Red Hat sisters giggle with glee.

To the newly formed chapters far and near
That is what
Red Hatters do without fear.
Challenge this aging process with elation.
Add spice, laughter and jubilation.

Glad to share what this is all about.
Helping others to cheer and shout.
Cock your
Red Hat and join the group.
Wear purple & red ...let out a joyful whoop.

by Barbara, Queen RazZ
RazZmaTazZ chapter, San Diego, CA
(used with permission)

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