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Grandpa, Tell Me About Them Good Ol' Days

The Good Ole Days

A grandson, while talking to his grandfather asked, "What do you think of
the shootings at school, the computer age, and just things in general."

Grandpa replied, "We'll let me think a minute --I was born, before
television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses,
Frisbee, 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 grandmother and I got married first-and-then lived together. Every
family had a father and a mother, and every boy over 14 had a rifle that
his dad taught him how to use and respect. And they went hunting and
fishing together.

Until I was 25, I called every man older that I "Sir" and, after I turned
25, I still called policemen and every man with a title "Sir". Sundays
were set aside for going to church as a family, helping those in need,
and visiting with family or neighbors. 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

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 not purchasing condominiums. We never heard of FM
radios, tape decks, CD's, 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,
McDonalds, and instant coffee was 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 or two postcards. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for
$600 but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a

In my day, "grass' was mowed, 'coke' was a cold drink, 'pot' was
something your mother cooked in, and 'rock music' was your grand-mother'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.

As 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??

Note: This man would be only 59 years old.




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