On November 26, 1945, Astrid Lindgren’s first book about the young heroine Pippi Longstockings was published. So as of today, November 26 in the year of 2010, Pippi turns 65 — standard retirement age in Sweden.
Pippi, I have to admit that I don’t know what you’ve been up to since I read you as a kid. Am unsure if you still wear odd socks, if you still use the floor as a baking table, maybe you still wash your hair with egg yolks? Did you beat your old man in arm wrestling yet? Or have you found other causes by now?
One thing I’m almost sure about, though. This Swedish gal won’t rest on her laurels like most people do at 65. She’ll stay uncompromising and free, regardless of age.