A Grandma Remembers

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  1. Adam's Apple

    Adam's Apple Senior Member

    Apr 25, 2004
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    One evening, a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current
    events. He asked his grandmother what she thought about the
    shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

    Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute. I was born before penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees, the "Pill", and television was in its infancy.

    "There were no credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens.

    "Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes
    dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air.

    "Man had yet to walk on the moon.

    "Your Grandfather and I got married first and then lived together.

    "Every family had a father and a mother. We were the last generation to believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.

    "Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, "Sir"; after I
    turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, "Sir".

    "We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, day-care
    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 in this country was even a
    bigger privilege.

    "We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

    "Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening
    breeze started.

    "Time-sharing meant the family spent time together in the evenings and on
    weekends. It didn't have anything to do with 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 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.

    "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. If you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail one letter and two 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

    "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 how old do you think grandma is??? Grandma is 58 (born 1946).

    (I stole this post from Manna Cabana. Don't know where they stole it from.) :)

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