I was talking to my Dad about current events the other night.
I asked him what he thought about the shootings at schools,
our immoral President,
the computer age
and just things in general.
"Gee, let me think a minute about the Good Old Days...........
I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, frisbees
and the pill.
There weren't things like radar,
laser beams or ball-point pens.
Man had not invented
pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners
and he hadn't walked on the moon."
"Your Mom and I got married
then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother, and every kid
over 14 had a rifle that his dad taught him how to use and respect.
Until I was 25, I called every man older than me 'sir'."
"Sunday was set aside for going to
church as a family, helping those in need, and just
visiting with your neighbors."
"We were before gay-rights,
computer dating, dual careers,
day-care centers, and group therapy.
Our lives were governed by the
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 here was a bigger privilege."
"We thought fast food was what you 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.
And time sharing meant time
the family spent together
"We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters,
artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt or guys wearing ear rings.
We listened to the 'big bands',
and the President's speeches on the radio.
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.
Pizza's, McDonald's and instant coffee were unheard of."
"We had 5 and 10 cent stores where you could actually buy things
for 5 and 10 cents.
Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a street car, and a cola were all a
And if you didn't want to 'splurge,' you could spend your nickel on enough
stamps to mail a letter and two postcards."
"You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who could afford one.
because gas was only 11 cents!"
"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, a 'chip' meant a piece of
wood, 'hardware' was found in a hardware store and software wasn't even a
"We were not before the difference between the sexes was discovered,
but we were surely before:
the sex change,
And we were the last generation that was so dumb as to think you
needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people today call us old and confused, there is such a
and I'm ONLY 53!"
"Did you get all that Son?"