with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you
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 Grandfather replied,
"Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
There were no:
Man had not invented:
clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air,)
man hadn't yet walked on the moon.
Grandmother and I got married first . . . and then
Every family had a father and a
Until I was 25, I called every man older than
And after I turned 25, I still called
policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."
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
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
We thought fast food was what people ate
Having a meaningful relationship
meant getting along with your cousins.
dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the
evening breeze started.
meant time the family spent together in the evenings and
weekends . . . not purchasing condominiums.
never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric
typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's
speeches on our radios.
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.
term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school
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.
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
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600
. . . but who could afford one?
(Too bad, because gas
was 11 cents a gallon.)
"grass" was mowed,
was a cold drink,
"pot" was something your
mother cooked in
and "rock music" was your
were helpers in the Principal's office,
meant a piece of wood,
"hardware" was found
in a hardware store,
"software" wasn't even a word.
we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady
needed a husband to have a baby.
wonder people call us "old and confused" and say
there is a generation gap . . .
old do you think I am?
down to see -- You
are in for a shock!
man would be only 68 years old!!
scary if you think about it;
pretty sad at the same time.)
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