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Life in 1948 - How old is Grandma???


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Stay with this -- the answer is at the end.  It will blow you away.

One evening in 2005 a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.

The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.

The Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute... I was born before:

  • television
  • penicillin
  • polio shots
  • frozen foods
  • Xerox
  • contact lenses
  • Frisbees and
  • 'The Pill' Contraceptive Birth Control
  • There was no:
  • radar
  • credit cards
  • laser beams or
  • satellite TV with hundreds of stations
  • ball-point pens
  • and 'rubbers' were what we wore on our feet if it rained


Man had not yet invented:
  • pantyhose
  • air conditioners
  • dishwashers
  • clothes dryers
  • wet clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air after being washed in the wringer washer or on washboard in a tub
  • and man hadn't yet walked on the moon!


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Your Grandfather and I got married first, . . . and then lived together. 

Every family had a father and a mother, and most mothers took care of their own children at home.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends---which all families did---not purchasing a condominium 'Time Share'.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins -- and your neighbors.

'Fast food' was what people ate during Lent, which meant only Fish on Fridays and no dairy products.

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 born before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare 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 the United States of America was a bigger privilege, and it seemed everyone wanted to 'be an American'.

Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started. 

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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.

The radio - not the television - was the source of electric "family entertainment".

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 one letter and two 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.
  • "dancing" meant a girl being 'led' on the dance floor by her beau, with space between their bodies...
  • "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.

No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap...


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How old do you think I am?

I bet you have this very old lady in mind...someone over 100 years old, right? But, you are in for a shock!

This Woman would be only 58 years old!





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Judith Ann Florian
Girard, Ohio 44420

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