When Dad Was Young

One evening a son was talking to his father about current events. The son asked what his father thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age and just things in general. The dad 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 was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens.

Man had not invented pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers (clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air), electric blankets, air conditioners and he hadnt walked on the moon.

Your Mom and I got married first and then lived together.

Every family had a father and a mother, and every boy over 14 had a rifle that his dad taught him how to use and respect. And they went hunting and fishing together.

Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, Sir and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, Sir.

Sundays were set aside for going to church as a family, helping those in need, and visiting with family or neighbors. (I miss that the most!) We were before 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 here 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 the family spent time together in the evenings and on the 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 radio.

And I dont 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, MacDonalds and instant coffee were unheard of.

We had 5 & 10 cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 & 10 cents.

Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didnt 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.

In my day, grass was mowed. coke was a cold drink, pot was something your mother cooked in, and rock music was your grandmothers 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 I am only 58 years old!
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