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, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There was no 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. 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 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. Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Time-sharing 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 five and ten 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 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 this grandmother is?
This Woman would be only 58 years old.
I am 19 years old, and i recognise i have seen quite a fast paced change in the world around me in the short time i have spent on this earth. for a 78 year old currently to have experienced these changes, i dont think anybody could even imagine our future, no matter how hard they try. we cant live without mcDonalds and computers, nor can we seem to find a school without pot-smoking students or a loaf of bread that costs 15 cents anymore. our future here isnt going to be limited by any means, and i think we all can envision it to be something beyond what we could even dream of when we were ten years old. i guess what i wanna say is, that if you take the time to stand back, and actually see what we have achieved as a race of humans, its not some small feat. we all complain about our own little problems, the computer is broken or the tv wont work. and there are bigger problems, over which countries fight for the rights to this and that, holding up progression in the long term of the world's futurisation. one should now consider, is it that we are fighting for the right causes, about who should be the first to discover this or that, or who has the rights to produce something, or should we in fact be striving for one greater good where humankind is not a race that fights amongst itself, but one that works towards its own betterment. i know thats a pipe dream, but maybe one day, hopefully even in my future, we can see mankind come together to work towards making our society, health and technology much, much better.
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