A kid decided to talk to his grandma about some current affairs. He asked her what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
• polio shots
• frozen foods
• contact lenses
• Frisbees and
• the pill
There were no:
• credit cards
• laser beams or
• ball-point pens
Man had not yet invented:
• air conditioners
• clothes dryers
• 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 only then did we live together. Every family had a father and a mother. I called every man older than me “Sir” till I was 25. After I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with the same 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 the country was a privilege and living in this country was an even bigger privilege.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. 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 Big Bands 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 considered to be junk. The term “making out” actually meant 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 just 5 cents. And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your 5 cents on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could afford one? Too bad, because petrol was 4 cents a liter.
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 needs a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am? I am sure you have a picture of an old lady in mind. But you are in for a shock!
Born in 1952, she is only 64 years old. It is amazing how much the world has changed since then, isn’t it?
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