Born Before 1945?

You’re a Survivor!

Consider the changes we have witnessed: We were before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the Pill.

We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser 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, then lived together. How quaint can you be?

In our times, closets were for clothes, not “coming out of”. Bunnies were small rabbits, and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designer jeans were scheming girls named Jean or Jeanne, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with our cousins.

We were before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and commuter marriages. We were before day-care centers, group therapy and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, yougurt and guys wearing earrings. For us, time-sharing meant togetherness…. not computers or condominiums. A chip was a piece of wood; hardware meant…hardware and software, well it wasn’t even a word.

In 1940 Japan meant junk, and “making out” referred to how you did on your exam. Pizza, McDonalds and instant coffee were unheard of.

We hit the scene when there were 5&10 stores where you bought things for five and ten cents. The corner drug store sold ice cream cones for a nickel or dime. For one nickel you would ride on a bus, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two post cards. You could buy a new Chevy coupe for $600, but who could afford it. A pity, too, because gasoline was 11 cents a gallon.

In our day cigarette smoking was fashionable. Grass…we mowed. Coke was a 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 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.

But, we survived!!! What better reason to celebrate???



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