Monday, August 18, 2008

This will blow you away!

How old is Grandma???

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:



polio shots

frozen foods


contact lenses

Frisbees and

the pill

There was no:


credit cards

laser beams or

ball-point pens

Man had not invented:


air conditioners


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 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-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 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 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!


Anonymous said...

This fits us too, well for the most part it does. I had a list of things that we didn't have around when we were born but took it down this morning. It was in the sidebar.

Melinda said...

haha...most would probably think she was a lot older.....but yeah....a lot of those things were not around in my time either till much later!

Merle said...

Dear Patty ~~ Great post and these are too, too, true. It is amazing how much things have changed in the last 50 or 60 years. I am so glad that you are feeling much better and hope it stays that way.

I used to post every day a long time ago, but now try to post every second day, But occasionally I miss a day for interruptions etc. You sure do a great job Patty and post daily, even when you were feeling so unwell.
Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

LauriesAsylum said...

Sheesh, I finally got to comment. I kept putting in my password, but it wouldn't take it! I finally signed in and came back and it worked. So, I guess I need to sign in each time, lol.

That was pretty cute Patty! I miss you over on efx2...:(

raccoonlover1963 said...

Hi Patty. I'm only 45, but I remember nickel Pepsi and Coke! And you could buy a small bag of candy for $1. All penny candy!

The 4th Sister said...

Thank you for the card!

Wanda said...

You had me fooled...I really thought she'd be older.

Boy, I'm 67 and I remember that list....

Glad to be back home...But the trip was lovely.

Mental P Mama said...

I'm 48 and all this rings true for me. My children still cannot believe that we didn't have a VCR. Forget a DVD...and TV? 3 channels...

Gramma Ann said...

I thought she would be closer my age... I'm the same age as Wanda.
I had an awful time understanding VCRs. My kids finally gave up on trying to explain it to me.

Have a good night.

Renie Burghardt said...

Yes, it's amazinging that she is only 58 years old! In the boonies here, they could only get one or two channels on TV in the early 90s still. Then satellites came in, and changed everything. LOL.

Great post, Patty. I enjoyed it and will copy and paste it and send it on to my daughter and grandchildren!

Hope you're feeling much better. Have a good night.


Diane said...

The changes are incredible, huh? When you list them, it's mind boggling. We've seen a lot of change in this lifetime. WOW!!


Old Wom Tigley said...

I was 50 this year Patty.. and I remember lot of this stuff happening... very thought provoking as well...
Anyhow Patty I'm off to see what else I've been missing around here now... give my regards to Abe.. and I hope this finds you well and content.. :O)
TOM xx

Rinkly Rimes said...

Another old age joke, probably old itself.

'How old are you, Grandma?'

'I don't know; I've forgotten'

'Look in the back of your pants then! Mine say Age Four!'

The Mulligan Family said...

And, I miss those times! XOXOXO Cindy