When we were Sweet Sixteen

 

This is worth sharing. From  Les Kinkaid, a good friend in Vegas.

“The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought
About the shootings at schools, the computer age, and
Just things in general. The Grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute, 

I was born before: 
‘ television 
was mass produced
‘ penicillin
‘ polio shots
‘ frozen foods
‘ Xerox
‘ contact lenses
‘ Frisbees and
‘ the pill
There were no:

‘ credit cards
‘ laser beams or
‘ ball-point pens
Man had not yet invented:

‘ pantyhose
‘ 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 Grandfather 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 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 Lent.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with
Your cousins.
Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as 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, CD’s, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President’s speeches on our radios.
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 (5 and dime) 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 Ford 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.

We were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.We volunteered to protect our precious country. 
No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap.” 
You wonder why my wadings in the water may be strange, well this was AMERICA when I was a teen.  You probably think we are better off today and that’s what concerns me and That’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.    AMEN

 

 

One thought on “When we were Sweet Sixteen

  1. Since I am a grandmother and great grandmother, I can honestly say that is the way I remember things when growing up…so I add Amen,too.

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