One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at
schools, the computer age, and just things in general.The Grandma replied,
"Well, let me think a minute, I was born...before television, penicillin,
polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill.
There was no radar, credit cards, laserbeams or ball-point pens. Man had
not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and
the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked
on the moon.
Your Grandfather and I got married first-and then lived together. Every family
had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every man older than
I, 'Sir'- and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with
a title, "Sir.'
We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare
centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common
sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and
to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger
privilege. We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Draft
dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and
weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters,yogurt,
or guys wearing earrings. We listened to the Big Bands! Jack Benny, and the
President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing
his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk.
The term making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 &
10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all
a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel
on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 but who could afford one? Too bad,
because gas was 11 cents a gallon. In my day, "grass" was mowed, "coke" was
a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in, and "rock music"
was your grandmother's lullaby.
"Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, "chip" meant a piece of wood,
"hardware" was found in a hardware store, and "software" wasn't
even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a
husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say
there is a generation gap.....
And how old do you think I am ???.....
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the
This Woman would be 65 years old.
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