How Old is Papa?


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:



polio shots

frozen foods


contact lenses


the pill

There were no:

credit cards
laser beams or

; ball-point pens

Man had not invented:



clothes dryers and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh
air and

man hadnt 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,

We were before gay-rights, computer- dating, dual careers, daycare centers,
and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common

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

We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

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 Presidents speeches on
our radios.

And I dont ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy

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, McDonalds, and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 &10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a

And if you didnt want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough
stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

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 Principals office,

chip meant a piece of wood,

hardware was found in a hardware store and

software wasnt 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... and how old do you think I am?

Read on to see

I am 59 !!

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