Consider the changes we have witnessed if born before 1940.

We were born before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic lens, Frisbees, and the PILL. We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms; laser beams, and ballpoint pens. Before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners drip dry clothes, and before man walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be? In our time, closets were for clothes, not for "coming out of". Bunnies were small rabbits, and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designers Jeans were scheming girls named Jean, and having a meaningful relationship was getting along with our cousins.

We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent, and Outer Space was the back of the Riviera Theatre. We were before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and commuter marriages. We were before day care centres, group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us, time sharing meant togetherness--not computers or condominiums. A chip meant a piece of wood. Hardware meant hardware, software wasn't even a word.

Back then, "Made in, Japan" meant junk and the term "making out" referred to how you did on your exams. Pizzas, Macdonalds, and instant coffee were unheard of. We hit the scene where there was five and ten cent stores, where you bought things for five and ten cents. Sanders or Wilsons sold ice cream cones for a nickel or a dime. For one nickel you could ride the street car, make a phone call, buy a Coke or enough stamps to mail a letter AND two post cards. You could buy a new Chevy for $600.00 but who could afford one? A pity too,because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In our day grass was mowed, CoKe was cold drink and POT was something you cooked in. Rock Music was Grandmas lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the Principals office. We were certainly, not before the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely before the sex change. We made do with what we had. And were last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder we are so confused and there is such a generation gap today.

But, We Survived.... What better reason to celebrate?


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