Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

…Not act like “a little old lady”

1. Don’t tell long, boring, pointless stories. Notice if people seem to be falling asleep while you talk.

2. Stop wearing your hair the way you wore it during World War II.

3. Don’t talk about your illnesses—especially any bowel problems.

4. Make new friends who are younger before all your old friends are dead.

5. Do what they taught us at Wheaton—keep learning until they carry you out feet first.

—Mary McHugh ’50

A resident of Chatham, N.J., McHugh (www.marymchugh.com) is the author of 15 books, including the humorous How Not to Become a Little Old Lady and How Not to Act Like a Little Old Lady (a new memoir). She also has written extensively for the New York Times, Family Circle, and Good Housekeeping and has served as an editor at several national publications, including Cosmopolitan. She likes to ride merry-go-rounds whenever she sees one.

Watch her at wheatoncollege.edu/go/dancing-granny.

About Lee Nash

Lee Nash is an award-winning writer who lives in Cranston, R.I.