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I'm Only 79

Our life is what we make it
It throws out quite a line -
But I'll keep on kicking
'Cause I'm only 79.

Now when I am 80, I'll sit and dream
I'll knit a while and sew a fine seam.
'Til then I'll deal the cards
And have a drink when I dine.
For I'm not 80 yet - only 79.

Now when I'm 80, I am going to be
The kind of lady Mother tried to make of me.
From all the vices, I'll decline. But not until I'm 80 -
Now I am only 79.

I know that 80 is not far away,
So I'll live each blessed day;
Do the things I've always done -
Win or lose, it's all been fun.
When morning comes, I'll rise and shine -
I'm not 80 yet - only 79.

I like my nails long and shiny;
I like shadow on my eyes.
I know I'm not pretty, I'd never win a prize,.
So I really fuss about this and fret,
For I'm 79 - and not 80 yet.

I like noise and confusion,
People knocking at the door.
I like kids all around me and toys upon the floor.
Liking all this hubbub is a very good sign
Thank I'm not near 80.
I'm only 79.

- Myrtle Storm "I'm Only 79"

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