We Adjust

To those that remember these times….

Pizza Hut, McDonald’s,and instant coffee were unheard of.



How Old is grandma?

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

One evening 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 Grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:
polio shots
frozen foods
contact lenses
Frisbees and
the pill

There were no:

credit cards
laser beams or
ball-point pens
Man had not
yet invented:
air conditioners
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.
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 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.

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.
How old do
you think I am?
I bet you have this old lady
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

This woman would be only 59 years old, Born in 1952 -OUCH THAT HURT!!!.

31 thoughts on “We Adjust

  1. I knew it applied to me, but I’ll admit I was surprised at her age. You also made me a bit nostalgic. I remember in our first home I could hardly wait for my husband to put up a pully line for me. Remember how the sheets smelled? And I still remember the smell of my high school boyfriend whose mother dried his shirts on the line and ironed them herself! What a lovely clean odor to remember. The dryer, when we finally got one, did a much better job keeping diapers soft than did the line in the basement, though, that I had to use when it rained. Oh yes, was that mentioned in the list? Those lovely soft diapers that had to go first into a diaper pail? – ick! But what great dustclothes they made when they were outgrown.

    My friend in Maine still dries her things on an outside line when the weather doesn’t prevent it.


    • i still love to hang whites and sheets out on the line. i love the natural whitening and the softness. my mother made me iron our sheets and all cottons when i was living at home. once the double knits came out, no more ironing! i miss the simple days of life, when people watched out for each other, helped in time of need, and were close. now i barely know my neighbors first names, and i don’t blame them. the world is a dangerous place from back then. i am glad i am the age i am. i don’t want to vision the techy things of the world. i would love to go back to dance hops and poodle skirts!


  2. Ouch…! Yes, we’ve seen many changes over the past ….. years, and I believe we’re in for a lot more to come before our days are through..! When you think about it we are a versatile bunch; we’ve had to adjust to so much. Can’t say I’m not pleased though, with a lot of the changes; especially the ones that make ‘house-keeping’ easier… 🙂


  3. There’s only one problem in that list. I’m older than ‘grandma’, but still I wasn’t born before TV. We had a TV in 1953 and they had been around for quite a few years before that. Public TV broadcasting was introduced in the US and Europe between 1928 and 1939. We got it in Canada from 1950 to 1959. Another discrepancy is the ballpoint pen. Actually the first one was invented in 1888 but was not good for commercial use. Many other patents were made over the years, but in 1941 a patent was issued by the Biro brothers and the pens were produced in Argentina and licensed by the British for the RAF. In 1945 Eversharp introduced their ballpoint pens and they were being sold at Gimbel’s department store. Just a little more trivia for you to peruse. 🙂


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