Who remembers Bonnie’s recitations?
Bonnie Higdon Reaves was born Bonnie Mae Higdon July 15, 1901, at Higdon's Store, Georgia. She enjoyed doing dramatic and comedic recitations. She is shown to the left at the 1991 meeting in San Jose holding a teddy bear that she won. Known as "Auntie" to her many nieces and nephews, she often recited the following poem and did so at the 1991 meeting. Auntie would say, "You may have heard this before, but that's okay. You’ve probably forgotten it by now."
Old age is golden, I've heard it said, But sometimes I wonder, as I go to bed, My ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup, My eyes on the table, until I wake up.
Ere sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself, "is there anything else, I should lay on the shelf?" And I'm happy to say as I close the door, My friends are the same as the days of yore.
When I was young and my slippers were red, I could kick my feet clear over my head. Then I grew elder and my slippers were blue, Still I could dance the whole night thru.
Now I am old and my slippers are black, I walk to the corner and puff my way back. The reason I know that my youth has been spent My get up and go has got up and went.
But, really, I don't mind when I think with a grin Of all the grand places my get up has been. Since I have retired from life's competition I find every day an exact repetition.
I get up each morning, dust off my wits, pick up my paper and read the obits. If my name is missing, I know I'm not dead So I eat a big breakfast and go back to bed. Author unknown
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