Things you say or have may show your age

Are there things you say or have in your house that you think that will make it obvious your age?

Are there things you say or have in your house that you think that will make it obvious your age?  A fun little game may surprise you.

Stay with this — the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The grandmother 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 were no:

  • credit cards
  • laser beams or
  • ball-point pens

Man had not invented:

  • pantyhose
  • air conditioners
  • dishwashers
  • clothes dryers
  • and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn’t yet walked on the moon

Not to mention:

  • Your grandfather and I got married first and then lived together.
  • Every family had a father and a mother. 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.”
  • We were before gay-rights, internet-dating, dual careers, daycare centres, and group therapy.
  • Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgement, 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 and living in this country was a bigger privilege.
  • We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
  • Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
  • We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
  • We listened to everything on our radios.
  • 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 5 and 10 cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
  • Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all so cheap
  • And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your spare change on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
  • You could buy a new Holden for $600, but who could afford one?
  • Too bad, because fuel was a fraction of what it is now

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,
  • “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.
How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old lady in mind….you are in for a shock!
Read on to see — pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready?

This woman would be only 60 years old! Proves that we aren’t old, but we do know a lot has changed.

  1. Alec McCracken  

    This woman would have to be born more than 60 years ago to have been around before penicillin, or TV for that matter. Both were invented/discovered in the nineteen twenties, so this woman would have to be in her nineties by my calculations.

    • Pat Simpson  

      We Had a wireless, not a radio, coffee was coffee essence, it was sixpences and shillings, cars were in pounds, television came to our home in 1957, when we got electricity for the first time. Don’t forget when the lady says things were cheap, that wages were a pittance, I started nursing in 1966 and my first pay was feb after decimal currency was introduced and I earns $28 for a fortnight, we worked a 56 hour week, now most people get more than that for 1 hour.

    • Loretta  

      Tv only came to nz in 1960 I was ten.

    • Susan  

      penicillin was around yes but TV no.
      I am 65

    • Rosemary Lynch  

      Sulfa was invented in the 20s. Lysozyme was found by Alexander Fleming. Penicillin was able to be developed by (Howard) Walter Florey (an Australian) . The first trial was on a policeman who was injured in a bombing raid in London in WW2, 1941. They held so little supply, that they actually filtered his urine, to be able abstract enough penicillin to treat him. Sadly the policeman died. Florey and Dr Chain during the war continued his research to get a realistic stash of Penicillin. It worked on streptococcus, and staphylococcus. American dollars helped to make that possible, and they got the rights. The Brits, couldn’t afford to get Penicillin because of the war debt, and it was a really precious commodity. Ever see the 1947 movie, The Third Man? It was about the black market in Penicillin. Penicillin would have only been generally available in the late 40s, exceptionally, or the 50s. So she may have been 70.

  2. Phil Taaffe  

    I think Alec may be right as I am older than 60 and a lot of what is written did not apply to me when I was younger

  3. Helen Payne  

    Remember these well. I will be 60 this coming October. They were such good times.

  4. Yvonne Wood  

    I remember this from years back. Could be thirty years old. As for television, it was not available in our are until the 1950’s.

  5. Susie Carr  

    Oh dear who ever wrote this is woefully ill-informed and perhaps a little too young to be informing the over 60’s age group about what they did and didn’t have. Alternatively they are just lacking in journalistic research skills. If you want to know about the lives of people aged 60 and over just ask us. Don’t make it up.

  6. Loretta  

    Most of the list was true for me in New Zealand. Certainly we had penicillin but polio shots not til I was 6. No television available until I was ten. I am just 67

  7. Pat Zammit  

    This was obviously written by an American and has some words changed to suit Australia, there wouldn,t have been any 5 and 10 cent stores and as far as I am aware we didn, t have streetcars we had trams

  8. Allan Carpenter  

    Holden cars were actually just over £1,000 or $2,000 when they went on the market in 1949. When the 1969 model was released they were actually touted as £20 cheaper than the original!

  9. Debra Appling  

    We had tv and penicillin and I’m 60 and a lot of other things. We had a McDonald’s in our town when I was about 10 or 11. Yes we had S.S.Kresges which was a 5&10 cent store. Dad worked mom stayed home. She was in PTA. We had a Cunninghams Drug Store and bought milk shakes and food at their counter. Good times and great memories.

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