Reading below, I think it’s scary how bad we had come.
How old is Grandpa?
Stay with this – the answer is at the end.
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at
schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandpa replied, ‘Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
* polio shots
* frozen foods
* contact lenses
* the pill
There was no:
* credit cards
* laser beams
* ball-point pens
Man had not invented:
* air conditioners
* clothes dryers !
* clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air
* man hadn’t yet walked on the moon
Your Grandmother 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 me, ‘Sir’.
And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title,
We were before gay-rights, computer dating, dual careers, day-care centres,
and group therapy.
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
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
And I don’t ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy
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
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, ride on a bus, and a Coke 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?
This man would be only 58 years old!