One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.
A grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..
Stay with this — the answer is at the end.
The Grandfather 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 invented :
‘ air conditioners
‘ clothes dryers
‘ and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
‘ space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.
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 woman older than me, “maam”. 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 Bible, 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 eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD’s, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to 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 Ford 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.
How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old man in mind….you are in for a shock!
Read on to see — pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time .
This man would be only 70 years old today. ANON
Most people are aware that this old man will be 87 in August and these facts were aimed at those born in 1947. I graduated from high school at 16, joined the US Navy reserve at 17 all in 1947. If someone compiled for 1930, the year I was born, it would add many more surprises for my family of 43 would be amazed. much of a Doctor’s work today was performed by a pharmacist. I have no memory of ever going to a Doctor until I was 15. I was born at home as having a baby was not a hospital event. My brother was born ia a hospital in 1933.
Now that History is not required in schools these facts will slowly disappear and my great grand children will never know what life was like when I was their age and likely never know who I was. Man has progressed but I feel that History should be a required subject in schools. Sadly people, including my own family will never believe what life was like when Americans actually liked each other. No one in the family, except my brother and I, has ever served in the military that we both volunteered for. This void is why we have no respect or discipline in the youth anymore. Schools raise the children as both parents work in most families. My thanks to the person who wrote the factual History. I would add the things that have occurred before 1947 but no one, including my family, will read or comment on this. American’s today have no time to even care what happened in the past. My hope is more than three people read this and at least one has a comment
I HOPE THIS WALK THROUGH RECENT HISTORY GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT… SHARE THIS WITH ALL OF YOUR OLD FRIENDS, THE YOUNG ONES WILL NEVER BELIEVE IT OR CARE.