The Lord's Grace
Some Things to Think About
Good Old Days
Some Not So Good Old Days
28 July 2001
One evening a son was talking
to his father about current events. He asked what he thought about
the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The dad replied, "Well,
let me think a minute, I was born before television, penicillin, polio
shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, frisbees and the pill.
There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens.
Man had not invented pantyhose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, (clothes were
hung out to dry in the fresh air) electric blankets, air conditioners,
and he hadn't walked on the moon.
Your Mom and I got married first
and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother,
and every boy over 14 had a rifle that his dad taught him how to use and
respect. And they went hunting and fishing together.
Until I was 25, I called every
man older than I, 'Sir' and after I turned 25, I still called policemen
and every man with a title, 'Sir'.
Sundays were set aside for going
to church as a family, helping those in need, and visiting with family
or neighbors. (I miss that most). We were before computer-dating,
dual careers, daycare 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 our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege;
living here was a bigger privilege. We thought fast food was what
people 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 started. Time-sharing
meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends, not
We never heard of FM radios,
tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches
on our radio. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains
out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
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 Hut, McDonald's, and instant
coffee were unheard of. We had five & dime stores where you could
actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents. Ice cream cones, phone calls, rides
on a streetcar, and a Coke were all a nickel. And if you didn't want
to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter
and 2 postcards.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe
for $600, but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents
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 that a lady needed a husband to
have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say
there is a generation gap.
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