Sunday, May 27, 2007

Will You Still Love Me?

The following was "borrowed" from one the Internet's fine bloggers from Australia. I am posting this not only because I liked it, but also as an opportunity to introduce her to those who may not have read her works, and for everyone to drop by and wish Merle* a Happy Birthday, which happens to fall on Monday, our Memorial Day.

"How old is Grandpa ?"

The answer may surprise you. .

Stay with this -- the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.
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 : television , penicillin, polio shots, frozen food , Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill .

There were no: credit cards, ' laser beams or ball-point pens.

Man had not invented: panty-hose, air conditioners, dishwashers, 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 gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgement, 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 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

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends-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 Tommy Dorsey. 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 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.

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 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 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 you say there is a generation gap... and how old do you think I am ?
I bet you have this old man in are in for a shock.

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready ?

This man would be only 59 years old.

As for me ... I, myself, could be this man. I am 59 years old!
-(Will you still love me?)
- All that the grandfather told his grandson is 100% accurate. I know!

* While you're in Australia, why not drop in and wish her brother, Peter a belated Happy Birthday also.



Serena said...

Boy, that'll make you stop and think.

Happy Birthday to Merle and Peter.

Raggedy said...

That was a good one. I snet it out in the mail abour 7 months ago to evryone i new...good seeing it again..
Thank you so much for chekcing in on me. I can;t express how much that means to me..I am workcing very hard on makcking it back..might take a libit more time for full sppeed...but fingres crossed....
Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

LZ Blogger said...

Hard to imagine isn't it? ~ jb///

Merle said...

Hi Mike ~~ Many thanks for the birthday greetings for both Peter and myself. Also thanks for the link.
My son sent the Grandpa thing to me and it was quite surprising that all those changes occurred in so short a time. Well, relatively short !!
I liked the balloon cartoons Mike.
Take care, Regards, Merle.

Miss Cellania said...

I figured the guy was my age, except the penicillin and TV stumped me, because I know TV was invented around 1925... although not widely available til after WWII. I can't recall when penicillin was developed, but I think it was shortly before I was born.