THE "GENERATION GAP"
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.
The Grandfather replied, ‘Well, let me think a minute, I was born before …………
penicillin polio shots
and the pill.
There were no …………….
or ball-point pens.
Man had not invented ………………….
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
Computer – dating
day -care 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 fasting.
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 club membership.
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 considered junk. The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did in your school exam. Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 &10 Paisa stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 Paisa. 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 one letter and two postcards. You could buy a new Chevrolet car for $600, . . But who could afford one?!
In my day:…………………………
‘grass’ was mowed, not smoked
‘coke’ was a cold drink, not a drug
‘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 !!
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…