Remembering the "Good Ole Days"

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end -- it will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. 

The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at 
schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The grandma 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 were no credit cards, laser beams or
ballpoint pens. Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, 
dishwashers, clothes dryers--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.

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".

We were born 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 in this country 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. Timesharing 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 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 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 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 woman 
would be only 64 years old!