For Those Born Before 1945

We were born before television, before penicilllin, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees, and the PILL.

We were born before radar, credit cards, split atoms, lazer 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 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 Volkswagons.  Designer Jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with our cousins.

We thought fast foods was what you ate during Lent, and outer space was the back of the Riviera Theatre.

We were born before house-husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers, and commuter marriages.  We were born before day-care centers, group therapy, and nursing homes.  We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, electric typerwriters, 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, and software wasn't even a word.

In 1940, "made in Japan" meant JUNK and the term "making out" referred to how you did on your exam.  Pizzas, "McDonalds" and instant coffee were unheard of.

We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10 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 a street car, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.  You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who could afford one; a pity too, because gas was 11 cents a gallon!

In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, GRASS was mowed, COKE was a cold drink, and POT was something you cooked in.  ROCK MUSIC was a Grandma's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the principals office.

We were certainly not born before the difference between the sexes was discovered, but we were surely born before the sex change; we make do with what we had.  And we were the 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!


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