I have 23 grandchildren – and I know most of their names, just kidding!!! Some of my grand kids love to ask me how old I am and what it was like growing up with dinosaurs.
As I have reflected on the many things that have changed during my lifetime, I came across a story that put things in perspective and demonstrates how many things have changed over the years.
Stay with this—the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.
How old is Grandpa?
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, contact lenses, Frisbees, and the pill. There were no credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens. Man had not yet invented panty hose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers (the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air), and man hadn’t yet walked on the moon
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 policeman and any 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 judgement 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. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and on weekends, not purchasing condominiums. We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD’s, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. 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 Hit, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.
We had 5 and 10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides on a street car and Pepsi were all 5 cents and if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your 5 cents on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
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 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 goat in mind. Well, you are in for a shock!
Are you ready?
This man would be only 63 years old, born in 1952…And that old goat is younger than me!
Yes, things have changed over the years. New products, new electronic devices and technologies continue to amaze us almost daily. However, things that should never change include one’s principles, morals and commitment to serve God by serving others.