From my Inbox: How old is Grandpa

Sometimes I get really interesting emails, this one from rJay was really nice.

How old is Grandad??

Stay with this — the answer is at the end.  It will really amaze you.
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events.  The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the computer age, shootings at schools and just things in
general.
The Grandfather 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 were no:

  • 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.  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
  • ‘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’ man 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.

Are you ready ????
This man would be only 59 years old!!

I don’t necessarily think that our generation is worse than the one’s before it, I truly beleive that technology  and improvement has enriched our lives but has taken from it too.  We have forgotten some values and added new ones.  Here is to the next 50 years, when our children will call us old, behind and living in an old world.

6 Comments

  • At 2008.10.21 16:58, mona said:

    That’s a good one.

    • At 2008.10.22 00:06, Swair said:

      Great post! Loved it 😀

      I’m loving the “From My Inbox”, you should make it a once-a-month series on ur blog hehe

      • At 2008.10.22 07:15, jessyz said:

        @Swair: so glad you enjoyed it, I am happy I get to use them instead of sending them to good email heaven.

        • At 2008.10.22 11:11, inas said:

          i to i was born before tv but iam not as old as grampa!

          • At 2008.10.23 12:23, RJay said:

            heheh ur welcome

            • At 2008.10.26 10:50, jessyz said:

              @inas: I can live without TV but not without internet 😀
              @RJay: always the best from you