The Gap


tv.jpg (2988 bytes) I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen
foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the Pill.
There weren't things like radar, credit cards, laser
beams or ballpoint pens.
Man had not invented pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes
dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners and he
hadn't walked on the moon.
Your Mom and I got married first then lived together.
Every family had a father and a mother, and every kid
over 14 had a rifle that his dad taught him how to use
and respect.
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.'
church.jpg (2714 bytes) In our time, closets were for clothes, not for 'coming out' of.
Sunday's were set aside for going to church as a family,
helping those in need, and just visiting with your neighbors.
We were before gay-rights, computer dating, dual
careers, day-care 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
your actions.
We thought fast food was what you 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
usflag.jpg (7943 bytes) Serving your country was a privilege, living here was
a bigger privilege.
And time-sharing meant time the family spent together
in the evenings and weekends-not condominiums.
We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters,
artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt or guys wearing earrings.
radio.gif (2093 bytes) We listened to the 'big bands', Jack Benny and the
President's speeches on the radio. I don't ever
remember any kid blowing his brains out as a result
of having listened to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' stamped on
it, it was junk.
The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your
school exam.
pizzahut.gif (2030 bytes) Pizza's, McDonald's and instant coffee were unheard
We had 5 and 10-cent stores where you could actually
buy things for 5 and 10cents.
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 a letter and two postcards.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600, but who
could afford one. Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a
cocacola.gif (819 bytes) 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, a
'chip' meant a piece of wood, 'hardware' was found in
a hardware store and software wasn't even a word.
We were not before the difference between the sexes
was discovered, but we were surely before the sex
change and 'Billy' has two mommies.
And we were the last generation that was so dumb as to
think you needed a husband to have a baby.

No wonder people today call us old and confused, and
there is such a generation gap...and I'm only 58!

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