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Grandma's Take on Modern Life

 Some time ago, a loving grandson was talking to his dear, old grandmother about modern life. He asked for her opinion on everything that had been going on in recent years. His grandmother gave him a long look and said: "Well now, sonny. Let me see...
 
 

 

I was born before:

Television  

Frozen foods

Xerox

Contact lenses

Frisbees

The pill
 

There were no:

Credit cards

Laser beams

Ball-point pens

 
Clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air.
grandma's view of the modern world
Man hadn't walked on the moon. 
grandma's view of the modern world
Your grandfather and I didn't live together 'til we got married. 
grandma's view of the modern world
There were very few single mothers. 
grandma's view of the modern world
I called every man older than me 'sir' until I was 25. After I turned 25, I still kept calling every man with a title 'sir'. 
grandma's view of the modern world
We were before gay rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.
grandma's view of the modern world
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense.
grandma's view of the modern world
We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.
grandma's view of the modern world
Serving your country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.
grandma's view of the modern world
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
grandma's view of the modern world
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
grandma's view of the modern world
 
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.
grandma's view of the modern world
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends, not purchasing condominiums.
grandma's view of the modern world
We'd never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
grandma's view of the modern world
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.
grandma's view of the modern world
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk.
grandma's view of the modern world
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
grandma's view of the modern world
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 & 10-cent (5 and dime) stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
grandma's view of the modern world
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.
grandma's view of the modern world
And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.
grandma's view of the modern world
You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
grandma's view of the modern world

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. 
'Software' wasn't even a word. 

We volunteered to protect our precious country... No wonder people call us 'old and confused' and say there is a generation gap."

This woman is 76 years old.

She was born in 1941.

Gives you something to think about, doesn't it? It just goes to show you how much life can change in one lifetime. 

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