Old is Grandpa ?
these things were common in his time
little house with three bedrooms and one car on the
mower that you had
to push to make the grass look
the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone, And
need for recording
things, someone was always
only had a living room where we would
Unless it was at
mealtime in the kitchen where we
had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to
When meeting as a
family those two rooms would work
We only had one TV set, and
channels maybe two, But
always there was one of them
with something worth
For snacks we had potato chips
that tasted like a chip,
And if you wanted flavor there
was Lipton's onion
snacks were rare because my mother
to cook, And nothing
can compare to snacks in Betty
were for family trips or staying home to
We all did things together --
even go to church to
we did our weekend trips depending on the
No one stayed at
home because we liked to be
we would separate to do things on our
But we knew where
the others were without our own
Then there were the movies
with your favorite movie star,
And nothing can compare to
watching movies in your
there were the picnics at the peak of summer
Pack a lunch and
find some trees and never need a
a baseball game together with all the friends you
Have real action
playing ball -- and no game
when the doctor used to be the family
And didn't need
insurance or a lawyer to
way that he took care of you or what he had to
Because he took an
oath and strived to do the best for
Remember going to the store
and shopping casually, And
when you went to pay for it
you used your own
that you had to swipe or punch in some
Remember when the
cashier person had to really
milkman used to go from door to door, And it was
a few cents more
than going to the
was a time when mailed letters came right to
door, Without a lot
of junk mail ads sent out by every
The mailman knew each house by
name and knew where it
was sent; There were not loads
of mail addressed to
was a time when just one glance was all that
would take, And you
would know the kind of car, the
model and the
didn't look like turtles trying to squeeze out
mile; They were
streamlined, white walls, fins, and
really had some
time the music that you played whenever you
jive, Was from a
vinyl, big-holed record called a
record player had a post to keep them all in line,
then the records
would drop down and play one at a
sure, we had our problems then, just like we do
And always we were
striving, trying for a better way.
Oh, the simple life we lived
still seems like so much fun,
How can you explain a game,
just kick the can and
why would boys put baseball cards between
And for a nickel red
machines had little bottled
life seemed so much easier and slower in some
I love the new
technology but I sure miss those days.
So time moves on and so do we,
and nothing stays the same,
But I sure love to reminisce
and walk down memory lane.
Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will
blow you away.
evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about
The grandson asked his grandfather
what he thought about the shootings
at schools, the
computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandfather replied,
"Well, let me think a minute,
I was born before:
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' Frisbees and
' the pill
There w ere no:
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens
Man had not
' air conditioners
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
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.
lives were governed by the T en 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.
country was a privilege; living in this country was a
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.
meant time the family spent together in the evenings and
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
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.
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.
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
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
'"Aids" were helpers
in the Principal's office,
" chip" meant a piece of wood,
' "hardware" was found in a
hardware store and
even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe
that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
people call us "old and confused" and say there is a
and how old do you think I am?
you have this very old man in mind...you are in for a
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think
about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready
60 years old!