For All Those Born Before 1945, We Are Survivors!!!
Consider the Changes We Have Witnessed
We were born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods,
xerox, contact lenses, frisbees and the PILL.
We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, lazer beams, and
ball-point pens. Before pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers,
electric blankets, air conditioners, drip-dry clothes--and before man
walked on the moon.
We got married first--and 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 with our cousins. We
thought fast food was what you ate during Lent; and Outer Space was
the back of the Riviera Theatre.
We were before house-husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual
careers, and computer marriages. We were before day-care centers,
group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio,tape
decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, wordprocessors,
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, "MacDonald's" and instant coffee
were unheard of. We hit the scene when there were 5 cent and 10 cent
stores where you bought things for five and ten cents. You could buy
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. POT was something you cooked in. ROCK MUSIC was a
grandmother's lullaby and AIDS were helpers in the Principal's office.
We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes was
discovered, but we were surely before the sex change; we made 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