How Things Have Changed, by Grandma Moses
GUESS HOW OLD I AM!
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,
about the computer age,
and about things in general.
The Grandmother replied:
“Well, let me think a minute:
I was born before:
‘ polio shots
‘ frozen foods
‘ contact lenses
‘ Frisbees and
‘ the pill
There were no:
‘ credit cards
‘ laser beams or
‘ ball-point pens
Man had not yet 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,
and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments,
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 America was an even bigger privilege.
We thought “fast food” was what people ate during Lent.
“Draft dodgers” were those who closed front doors
as the evening breeze started up.
“Time-sharing” meant time the family spent together
in the evenings and at weekends — not buying condominiums.
We’d never heard of FM radios,
or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands,
and the President’s speeches on our radios.
If you saw anything with “Made in Japan” on it, you knew 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 and 10-cent stores in those days
where you could actually buy things
for a nickel (5 cents) or a dime (10 cents).
Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar—
all cost a nickel.
If you want to economize, you could spend your nickel
on enough stamps to mail two postcards and a letter.
You could buy a new Ford Coupé for $600.
A gallon of gas cost a dime — 10 cents.
In my day:
‘ “grass” was mowed,
‘ “coke” was a cold drink,
‘ “pot” was something your mother cooked in,
‘ “rock music” was you got in your rocking chair,
‘ “Aids” were helpers to give you a hand,
‘ “chip” meant a piece of wood,
‘ “hardware” was found in a hardware store
‘ and “software” wasn’t even a word.
We were the last generation
to believe a lady needed a husband
to have a baby.
WOMEN WORE SKIRTS AND DRESSES,
NOT MAN-STYLED PANTS!!!
MEN AND WOMEN WORE HATS AND GLOVES,
ESPECIALLY WHEN ATTENDING CHURCH!!!
NO ONE WORE ‘SHORTS’ TO CHURCH IN THOSE DAYS!!!
So . . . how old do you think I am?
Read on to see—
pretty scary if you think about it
and pretty sad at the same time.
ARE YOU READY?
The woman you see in the photo above is 61 years old.
Yes, that’s ME!
I was born in 1952.
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