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Saturday, June 19, 2010

How Old Is Grandpa

Hi to all - I was sent the below as an email and I just had to share it with you all. This is amazing when we read this and see what man has invented and become in only a few short years. Enjoy

How Old is Grandpa?
How old is Grandpa???

1951 Ford pickup

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 foods
' 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

1951 A Streetcar Named Desire

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, day-care 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 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.

1951 American Girl

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 say there is a generation gap... and how old do you think I am?

I bet you have this old man in mind... you 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 ?????

1951 Vogue Cover

This man would be only 59 years old.

That means Grandpa was born in 1951. FOR REAL.


  1. Gawd .... How old is OUR dad then .. lol

    I really like this post Sis and the scary thing is that tech is excelerating at an ever greater rate, they say the last 100 years will have nothing on the next 20 ... great in some ways, sad in others !

  2. Hi Wendy,

    It's amazing how much we have accomplished in such a short time and how much we have lost. I think that somewhere along the line it became too much too soon and that we can no longer appreciate what we have because we're too busy waiting for the next 'new' thing.

  3. I just find it all mind boggling. Yeh too much to soon is true I think. I think we humans are adaptable but not that fast. Thanks for your comments, Wendy

  4. Hi Wendy...I hope things slow down. I think we can't keep going at this rate. That's why I think so many people are searching for calming activities like yoga, meditation, walking, nature, etc. In the old days I don't think they had to search for these things. They were just a part of life. Hope you are still living simply in Bauple even with all these new inventions!