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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2001, 03:07 PM
jsmith
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Kinda Makes You Think-OT But Worth A Read

A friend passed this on to me, thought I would share.


Ahhhh - the memories. We can't possibly be this old!!!

One evening a boy was talking to his grandfather about current events.

He asked what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer
age, and just things in general.

The granddad 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 weren't things like radar, credit
cards, laser beams or ball-point pens.

Man had not invented pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric
blankets, air conditioners, and he hadn't walked on the moon.

Your grandma and I got married first -- then lived together. Every
family had a father and a mother, and every boy over 14 had a rifle
that his dad taught him how to use and respect it.

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.'

In our time, closets were for clothes -- not for 'coming out of.'

Sundays were set aside for going to church as a family, helping those in
need, and just visiting with family or neighbors.

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 here 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 started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and
weekends -- not 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 radio. 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 grandma'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 that was so dumb as to think a lady
needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us old and
confused -- and say there is such a generation gap.

And I'm only 54 years old.

Uh... Is that suppose to look like that?
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