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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Older 'n Dirt

Thanks to my Aunt Gloria for this one.

How old is Grandma?

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


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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 was no commercial radar, 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 and man hadn't yet walked on the moon.

Your Grandfather and I got married first and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother, and one car. Until I was 25, I called every man older than me 'Sir'; 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 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. Time sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends.

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 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 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 ?.....

I bet you have this old lady 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 Woman would be only 58 years old!

And I want to meet her, because I was nodding all the way through. I’m about that age, and now I feel older ‘n dirt!

3 Comments:

  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger Meredith said…

    Well, if you feel older than dirt maybe it's becasue you are!

    Only kidding! Had to get you back for that wives vs dogs thing!

    The movie I was thinking of was What Dreams May Come by the way. I think I'm the only person who's seen it 10 times so no one else will probably get it!

     
  • At 10:00 PM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    Kids today...

     
  • At 9:26 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    Wow!

     

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