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

The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
He asked if Grandpa had experienced any of those things when he was a kid.

The Grandpa 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:

- radar

- credit cards

- laser beams or

- ball-point pens

Man had not invented:

- pantyhose

- air conditioners

- dishwashers

- or clothes dryers!

And the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air! Just like your Grandmother still does!

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.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, "Sir".

And after I turned 25, I still called my Granddad, policemen and every man with a title, "Sir."

We didn't have gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, or group therapy.

Our lives were governed by 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 - and living in this country was an honor.

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 Rock-n-Roll, 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 or Benny Goodman.

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, ride on a bus, and a Coke 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!

I think 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?... he asked his grandson.

The grandson replied, "Wow, Grandpa... You must be over 40!"

His Grandpa replied, "Heck, I'm a lot older than that!"

How old do you think Grandpa is???

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Sad thing is, I don't find any of that funny, I miss some of that stuff, and I haven't hit 40 yet.

Its a shame that like that won't be seen again. I love sitting on my front porch in the swing enjoying the weather watching the kids playing in the yard.

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I would say in his late 70's or early 80's.

My grandpa is still around, going to be 80 in November.

those where the good old days....
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